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Hampton Negro Conference. Number III. July 1899.

1899VA-State-Hampton_Proceedings (9).pdf

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3. That ecclesiastical organizations be more exacting as to the intellectual qualifications of candidates for the Christian ministry.

3. DOMESTIC ECONOMY

We suggest the following measures for domestic and social improvement:—

1. Mothers' meetings, where simple, practical advice and instruction will be given in the orderly, neat, and economic management of the home, the responsibilities of motherhood, and the care and rearing of children.

2. Social improvement societies for girls, where they can be taught the dignity and purity of womanhood; a knowledge of the domestic industries such as cooking, sewing, cleaning, and mending; simplicity, neatness, and suitability of dress; the decoration of the home and its surroundings; and the forms of refined and decorous social intercourse.

3. Boys' clubs, to inculcate respect for womanhood; to form the habit of saving a part of their earnings; to practice manly sports and amusements; to teach the unhealthfulness of smoking for the young, and the evil of gambling, swearing, and other vicious and boisterous habits and practices.

4. VITAL AND SANITARY PROBLEMS

We recommend:—

1. That ministers, Sunday school teachers, church officials and leaders of secret and benevolent orders, take greater precaution as to the sanitary condition of their meeting places, and see that they are well ventilated and free from destructive germs.

2. That tracts, treating of simple sanitary regulations and family instructions be prepared by the Committee on Vital and Sanitary Problems.

3. That a conference of colored physicians be held at some convenient time and place to take under advisement the general question of the sanitary and vital conditions of the race.

5. REFORMATORIES

The conference has learned with gratitude of the movements in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, to establish farm schools for the reclamation of juvenile offenders. The members of this conference and the people at large are urged to interest themselves in the establishment of such institutions in different parts of the country, and we commend

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