Association to provide school for negros

Last week, a new movement was inaugurated in a meeting held in Philadelphia. It was resolved to form an association like the sanitary and Christian commissions, and to raise one hundred thousand dollars to carry on its work. Earnest and eloquent speeches were made by Rev. H. W. Beecher, Dr. Bellows, Mr. Garrison, and other distinquished friends of the colored race. This is a move in the right direction. One of the first things for the negro to do, is to learn his letters. He must be put to school. This, even now, is repugnant to a large class of the whites in the South. …..As soon as the States return to the Union, the Bureau will be withdrawn and the work of education will be more and more under the control of the local authorities……… We shall watch the progress of this new Association with vigilant solicitude, as well as the reports which reach us from Gen. Howard. – Christian Register.

(Liberator, October 27, 1865, pg 3)