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Proceedings of the Colored State Convention assembled in St. Paul's A. M. E. Church, Lexington, Ky., November 26.
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equal to the amount of funds due the colored people from the which no school in Kentucky grants to colored students. There are private schools granted this privilege by their charters - and this was specifically denied to an institution where colored students attend.. This report also shows that sixteen private normal schools are in our State. In these, no colored person can study, nor does our wealth permit us to found them. We therefore ask for a good State normal school (or schools) that will commend itself to the enlightened scholarship of the age - with grounds, buildings, appurtenances, and ample apparatus. To this might it not be advisable to add the "New Education" - the industrial?
The State University and Berea furnish the only normal training in the State, and neither of these secure a single dollar from the State, and neither of these secure a single dollar from the State, through the former gives free tuition to one student from each senatorial district; consequently many of our teachers are necessarily drown from sister States, for the State system can produce no teachers of high training for her own schools. (see page 244, Prof. Pickett's report.)
"In the normal school, the State lays the very foundation of self-perpetuation. She opens up the future to her own prosperity. She builds the bulwarks of her own strength by giving might to her coming citizen when she gives to herself the normal school, perfect in its parts, strict in its purpose to harness and equip the teacher for the training of her children, and for the development of her future law-makers. Further, in regard to the A. & M. College as a whole, we are entitled to equal benefits derived from it, regardless of the normal features. It is a part of the common school system, and eventually you will have to choose between a similar one for the colored boy, or open its door to him. The money on which the school was founded was derived from the land grant by Congressional enactment in 1832. When Kentucky secured from the grant as follows: (I take my figures from "The Public Domain," by Thomas Donaldson) Amount derived from sale of land, $165,000, number acres received in land scrip, 330,000, and from this we are shut off. We get no benefits from this fund. Virginia recognizing this condition, votes annually to Hampton Agricultural school, for the education of colored youths, $10,000. A sum land grant; and in addition, votes $100,000 to build a normal
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