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From the American Missionary Vol 37 Issue 2 (Feb 1883)
The Baptists, who conduct their work, both educational and church, among the Freedmen, through their Home
Missionary Society, entered early into the establishment of schools; beginning in the Spring of 1862 with schools at St.
Helen and Beaufort, S. C., and afterwards adding others at Fortress Monroe, Washington, Knoxville and New Orleans.
Missionaries were appointed to preach, and to teach day-schools, and assistants, both male and female, were sent
out; from 3,000 to 5,000 pupils were taught yearly, until about 1872, when the secular or day-school system was given
up, and efforts concentrated on permanent or higher institutions some of which had been planted in 1865. In 1882,
the Society has under it care 12 schools as follows: Wayland Seminary, Washington, D. C.; Richmond Institute,
Richmond, Va.; Shaw University, Raleigh, N. C.; Benedict Institute, Columbia, S. C.; Atlanta Seminary, Atlanta, Ga.;
Nashville Institute, Nashville Tenn.; Leland University, New Orleans, La.; Natchez Seminary, Natchez, Miss.; Alabama
Normal and Theological School at Selma, Ala.; Florida Institute, Live Oak, Fla.; Bishop College, Marshall, Tex.;
Louisville Normal and Theological School, Louisville, Kentucky. Normal instruction is given in most of the schools
industrial education in several; and Biblical instruction in all. In four institutions a collegiate course is pursued. Five are
chartered institutions. In 1882, Schools 12; Teachers, 79; Pupils, 2397.
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