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

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Record #80 from Freedmen's Bureau Correspondence on Schools, 1869-1870

Roll Number 5
Date 26 Oct 1868
State Maryland
County Wicomico
City/Town/Neighborhood Forktown
Other Locations Mentioned Cambridge
Authors John H. Butler
Recipient Rev. John Kimball
Other Names Mentioned Hezekiah Black
Message Abstract States the people of this place desire to have a teacher sent them to open school on the 1st of the month in their church (colored female preferred): that they request him to apply for them to the Bureau to aid them in building a house: that [[underline]] Hezekiah Black [[/underline]] will deed a lot for the purpose and he is the person to address
Message Body I write to inform you that we had a large meeting of the Colored people of this place last night and after the lecture they by a unanimous vote apply to you through me for a Teacher as soon as you can possible send them one. They want a colored female They say they have from thirty to forty children to send to the school and have no school House but intend to hold the school in their Church They want a school House and want me to apply to the Bureau to assist them in building as they have land given to them by Mr [[?]] Black who is one of their numbers If you send them a teacher send her by Rail Road to Forktown to Mr [[?]] Black since writing I have been given his correct name [[?Hesschiek]] Black, Please write to him at your earliest convenience as they want to commence their school on the first of the month. They never had any teacher here more than one of their own members who taught in the church a few months. They have a prosperous Sunday school I have been sick for a week with Chills and fevers but have not stoped for them yet though they use me very badly Please write to me at Cambrige as I expect to go to Dorchester to day
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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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