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Proceedings of the National Conference of Colored Men of the United States, Held in the State Capitol at Nashville Tennessee, May 6, 7, 8 and 9, 1879.
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pity us and wish us well, if nothing more. We are not without a Government that acknowledges us as citizens and equals before the law. We are not debarred from emigrating to the North if we cannot live in peace at the South. We can go to any foreign land if we cannot endure our lot in the land of our nativity. We are largely accessible to churches, and some very good schools have been provided for us. And now I wish briefly to consider our opportunity with regard to the educational work existing for our special benefit. This is an agreeable task, although it would be very hard to portray, or even feebly indicate, the labors and achievements of the noble-hearted and self-sacrificing men and women who have been diffusing education among the freedmen in various Southern States during the last decade.
Before me I have the annual report of the American Missionary Association for 1878, and find that the society have 37 schools, colleges and universities in the South, 7 of which are regularly chartered, and are located as follows:
HAMPTON NORMAL AND AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE, HAMPTON, VA.
Number of pupils, 332. The course of instruction embraces three years. During this period the pupils are made as proficient as possible in reading, penmanship, arithmetic, United States history, grammar, phsiology, moral science, natural philosophy, vocal training, Bible lessons; likewise instruction in agriculture, &c.. &c.. General S. C. Armstrong being principal.
BEREA COLLEGE, BEREA, KY.
In this institution, under the presidency of Rev. John G. Fee, the peculiarity of the color line is not known. Here the higher branches, embracing the classics, are taught, and its success has been highly gratifying.
FISK UNIVERSITY, NASHVILLE, TENN.
This widely known and justly famed university is represented by an able faculty and the popular Jubilee Singers, and, without a doubt, is destined to accomplish a marvelous work for freedom, and to live long in history. Rev. E. M. Cravath is its president; number of pupils, 338. The instructions embraces mental and moral science, Greek, Latin, French, mathematics, music, &c.
ATLANTA UNIVERSITY, ATLANTA, GA.
Rev. E. A. Ware is president. English branches and the higher mathematics are here taught also. Number of pupils, 244.
TALLADEGA COLLEGE, TALLADEGA, ALA.
Chartered in 1869. Rev. E. P. Lord, principal. Number of pupils, 272. English branches, with higher grades, are also taught in this institution.
TOUGALOO UNIVERSITY, TOUGALOO, MISS.
There are 190 pupils in the various departments of this institution, with the regular higher branches taught, under the presidency of Rev. G. Stanly Pope.
STRAIGHT UNIVERSITY, NEW ORLEANS, LA.
Here a thorough corps of able professors and teachers is found, and the pupils number 287. President, Rev. W. S. Alexander.
My allusion to the work of the American Missionary Association must suffer single with these 7 institutions. Of course, this only simply indicates the great work that is being carried forward in this single direction. The remaining 29 schools in the South supported by this organization, although deserving the highest commendation, cannot be characterized here,
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