Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History

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Record #71 from Freedmen's Bureau Correspondence on Schools, 1869-1870

Roll Number 5
Date 10 Oct 1868
State Maryland
County Somerset
City/Town/Neighborhood Deals Island
Other Locations Mentioned Princess Ann
Authors J.H. Butler
Recipient Rev. John Kimball
Other Names Mentioned Mr. J.W. McGrath; John Dashields
Message Abstract States that they have a good house at this place, but no school: that they employed a teacher last year at a salary of $25.00 per month but are not able to continue it, and desire to have a teacher furnished them; that they have board provided for a colored teacher (Male preferred); that the teacher should be sent to Princess Ann and stop with Mr. [[underlined]] J. W. McGrath, [[/underlined]] where they will meet him.
Message Body I write to inform you that I am at this place. The people have a good substancial school house here all finished in good shape They have no school in the House they had last year and employed their own teacher but had to pay thirty five dollars per month and their house they say cost them about $300, dollars and now paying up their debts they cannot employ the teacher they had before They now desire me to ask you please send them a teacher as soon as you can, a colored man if convenient and if not send them a colored woman place for board is all ready send the teacher to Princess Anne and the John Dashields will meet the teacher there write several days ahead stating the day the teacher will be in Princess Ann and tell the teacher to stop at Mr J. W. McGrath's and Mr. Dashields will meet the teacher with a carage as the distance is 23 miles from Princess Anne These people never had any teachers but a circuit Preacher who had his circuit to attend to as well as the school. I think if they are furnished a teacher this tearm they could be able to get along after that
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