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

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Record #74 from Freedmen's Bureau Correspondence on Schools, 1869-1870

Roll Number 5
Date 15 Oct 1868
State Maryland
County Worcester
City/Town/Neighborhood Snow Hill
Other Locations Mentioned
Authors John H. Butler
Recipient Rev. John Kimball
Other Names Mentioned H.T. Aborn (white)
Message Abstract States that Mr [[underlined]] H. T. Aborn [[/underlined]] (white) who came there to teach was notified to leave his boarding place at the hotel as soon as they ascertained his mission; that he (Butler) called a meeting and they raised $42,50 to pay the teacher's expenses, provided him with a room and propose to board him themselves. Thinks the house is too small for the number of pupils.
Message Body I am here at this place and found things in a very bad condition two teachers here and no school worth speaking of Mr. H.J. Aborn w white gentleman who was sent here by the Balt. Association he went to the Hotel to board and as soon as they found that he came to teach the colored people he was notified to leave or all the boarders would leave the Hotel he had to do so and would have come back but after I arrived and had an interview with him and told what I expected to do he consented to wait and see what I could do for the school we secured a room for him furnishing it and had a large meeting last night and I talked to the people about an hour and a half and got them to concentrate upon a plan that is to make the school free and board the teacher themselves at his room we raised $.42.50 to defray the teacher's expenses and go ahead with the school and not be drove off by the ^white people The colored said last night that they will support the school and I think they will have to build a school House larger than the one they have it is a small House about 18 by 27 feet Mr. Aborn will write to me at Sandeburg (?) as soon as you get this letter as I have not herd from you since I have been on the Eastern shore
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[Author (if known)], Freedmen's Bureau Correspondence on Schools, 1869-1870, 1868, Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva’s Black History, Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University.

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