Images: American Abolitionists, Elitism and Education

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The African Free School

Woodson, Carter Godwin , The Negro in our history. (published [c1927]), Washington, D.C., The Associated Publishers, Inc. [c1927]

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / General Research and Reference Division

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The African Free School

The African Free School was founded in 1787 by the New York Manumission Society. Most students were the children of enslaved parents. The school educated thousands of children. Legal and educational activities assumed greater importance among American abolitionists, helping to give the movement its own distinctive shape and character, especially after 1790.

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