School for Black Children - Williamsburg, VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
N 37° 16.316 W 076° 42.446
18S E 348615 N 4126405
Quick Description: A school that was founded by Ben Franklin himself.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 12/28/2019 5:51:36 PM
Waymark Code: WM11WF2
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 2

Long Description:
The plaque says, "The Associates of Dr. Bray, a London-based charity, founded a school for enslaved and free black children here in 1760. Located in Williamsburg at the suggestion of Benjamin Franklin, a member of the Associates, the school revived support from the College of William and Mary. Anne Wager instructed as many as 400 boys and girls during her 14 years as a teacher. In a culture hostile to educating African Americans, Wager taught the students principles of Christianity, deportment, reading, and, possibly, writing. The curriculum reinforced proslavery ideology but also spread literacy within the black community. The school moved from this site by 176 and closed in 1774."
Location Type: Historic Marker

Property Type: Public

Fee required: no

Location Notes:

Reference Web Site: Not listed

Established Date: Not listed

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