The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861 eBook

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[Footnote 8:  The prominent colored preachers of that day were Titus Basfield, B.F.  Templeton, W.T.  Catto, Benjamin Coker, John B. Vashon, Robert Purvis, David Ruggles, Philip A. Bell, Charles L. Reason, William Wells Brown, Samuel L. Ward, James McCune Smith, Highland Garnett, Daniel A. Payne, James C. Pennington, M. Haines, and John F. Cook.]

[Footnote 9:  Baldwin, Observations, etc., p. 44.]

Thanks to the open doors of liberal schools, the race could boast of a number of efficient educators.[1] There were Martin H. Freeman, John Newton Templeton, Mary E. Miles, Lucy Stratton, Lewis Woodson, John F. Cook, Mary Ann Shadd, W.H.  Allen, and B.W.  Arnett.  Professor C.L.  Reason, a veteran teacher of New York City, was then so well educated that in 1844 he was called to the professorship of Belles-Lettres and the French Language in New York Central College.  Many intelligent Negroes who followed other occupations had teaching for their avocation.  In fact almost every colored person who could read and write was a missionary teacher among his people.

[Footnote 1:  James B. Russworm, an alumnus of Bowdoin, was the first Negro to receive a degree from a college in this country.]

In music, literature, and journalism the Negroes were also doing well.  Eliza Greenfield, William Jackson, John G. Anderson, and William Appo made their way in the musical world.  Lemuel Haynes, a successful preacher to a white congregation, took up theology about 1815.  Paul Cuffee wrote an interesting account of Sierra Leone.  Rev. Daniel Coker published a book on slavery in 1810.  Seven years later came the publication of the Law and Doctrine of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Standard Hymnal written by Richard Allen.  In 1836 Rev. George Hogarth published an addition to this volume and in 1841 brought forward the first magazine of the sect.  Edward W. Moore, a colored teacher of white children in Tennessee, wrote an arithmetic.  C.L.  Remond of Massachusetts was then a successful lecturer and controversialist.  James M. Whitefield, George Horton, and Frances E.W.  Harper were publishing poems.  H.H.  Garnett and J.C.  Pennington, known to fame as preachers, attained success also as pamphleteers.  R.B.  Lewis, M.R.  Delany, William Nell, and Catto embellished Negro history; William Wells Brown wrote his Three Years in Europe; and Frederick Douglass, the orator, gave the world his creditable autobiography.  More effective still were the journalistic efforts of the Negro intellect pleading its own cause. [1] Colored newspapers varying from the type of weeklies like The North Star to that of the modern magazine like The Anglo-African were published in most large towns and cities of the North.

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