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African Free School


The African Free School was an institution founded by members of the New York Manumission Society on November 2, 1787, including Alexander Hamilton and John Jay. It was founded to provide education to children of slaves and free people of color.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of African American Education (2010)

by Kofi Lomotey

The African Free School provided a valuable route to formal education for a generation of leaders that included Henry Highland Garnett, James McCune Smith, and Alexander Crummel, among others. The struggles over control that swirled ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African-American Education (1996)

by Faustine Childress Jones-Wilson

The African Free School (AFS) in New York was established in 1789 by the Manumission Society to divert a growing number of free African-American children from the "slippery paths of vice." Throughout its history, the white trustees of AFS ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of New York City (2010)

Second Edition by Kenneth T. Jackson, Lisa Keller, Nancy Flood

The first African Free School, under the instruction of Cornelius Davis, admitted both boys and girls and offered training in reading, penmanship, arithmetic, grammar, geography, and (after 1791) needlework. In 1797 trustees added an evening ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African American Society (2005)

by Gerald D. Jaynes

New York's first public school was started there in 1787, when the New York Manumission Society created the African Free School, intended to help black children prepare for freedom. Eventually, there were seven such schools in lower ...

Google previewOrganizing Black America: An Encyclopedia of African American Associations (2003)

by Nina Mjagkij

;schools (African Free School); beneficial associations (Sonsand ...

Google previewThe Early Republic and Antebellum America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History by Christopher G. Bates

the African Free School (1787), and the African Society for Mutual Relief (1810). By the decades leading up to the Civil War, however, black Americans had largely ...

Google previewNegro Year Book and Annual Encyclopedia of the Negro (1922)

The New York African free school established. Afterward became the first public school. Negroes of Boston established a private school. White friends gave it assistance. In 1805, the school was moved to the African Meeting House. In 1800 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Literature and Criticism (2002)

by Martin Coyle, Peter Garside, Malcolm Kelsall, John Peck

New York African Free School (1787), AfricanMasonLodge ...

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