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Williamsburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

School for Black Children

 
 
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By Adam Margolis, December 26, 2019
1. School for Black Children Marker
Inscription.  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 & 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 1765 and closed in 1774.
 
Erected 2018 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W-109.)
 
Location. 37° 16.316′ N, 76° 42.446′ W. Marker is in Williamsburg, Virginia. Marker is on North Boundary Street south of Prince George Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 N Boundary St, Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
School for Black Children Marker image. Click for full size.
By Adam Margolis, December 26, 2019
2. School for Black Children Marker
. The College of William and Mary in Virginia (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Norborne Berkeley, Baron de Botetourt (about 500 feet away); Sir Christopher Wren Building (about 500 feet away); Alumni of the College of William and Mary (about 600 feet away); Priorities of the College of William and Mary (about 600 feet away); The Christopher Wren Building (about 600 feet away); In Gallia Nati Mortui in Virginia (about 600 feet away); Indian School at the College of William & Mary (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
Categories. African AmericansCharity & Public WorkColonial EraEducation
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 28, 2019, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 28, 2019, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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