New York African Free Schools and Their Convention Legacies


Many of the students who attended the New York African Free Schools (NYAFS) went on to become prominent figures in the National and State Conventions of Free Colored Persons. Some of these excellent students included: James McCune Smith, Henry Highland Garnet, Charles Reason, Charles B. Ray, and many others. But these talented children did not only become delegates in the Colored Conventions. They also became successful abolitionists in other ways, including becoming teachers, speakers, writers, and abolitionist society members. The selected biographies we have provided here are: