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Near Addison in Lenawee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Woodstock Manual Labor Institute

 
 
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By Joel S., August 18, 2010
1. Woodstock Manual Labor Institute Marker
Inscription.  Prior Foster, an Ohio Negro, began this school "in the woods" in 1844 and four years later it was incorporated. Designed to serve "colored people and others," the Institute taught a full range of subjects and was one of the nation's first integrated schools. The students worked in the fields and orchards to help support the school. Soon eight buildings were on the grounds. More than fifty students were in attendance, using a library of two thousand volumes. A fire in 1855 destroyed the main building, and the school was discontinued during the Civil War. The educational pioneering was continued by Foster's grandson, Dr. Laurence Jones, founder of the well-known Piney Woods School in Mississippi in 1909.
 
Erected 1920 by Michigan Historical Commission/Detroit Voice of Piney Woods School. (Marker Number S0297.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1844.
 
Location. 42° 0.216′ 
Woodstock Manual Labor Institute Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., August 18, 2010
2. Woodstock Manual Labor Institute Marker
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N, 84° 20.712′ W. Marker is near Addison, Michigan, in Lenawee County. Marker is on Greenleaf Road 0.2 miles east of U.S. 127, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18123 Greenleaf Road, Addison MI 49220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clearwater Beach Entrance (approx. 3.3 miles away); Somerset General Store (approx. 3˝ miles away); Rollin Township Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); W. H. L. McCourtie / W. H. L. McCourtie Estate (approx. 4.6 miles away); Wooden Stone School (approx. 6.1 miles away); St. Michael and All Angels Church (approx. 7.4 miles away); Brooklyn's Founder (approx. 8.7 miles away); Brooklyn Presbyterian Church (approx. 8.8 miles away).
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Prior Foster was a well known Underground Railroad agent, as seen on this marker in Coshocton County, Ohio.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 21, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 1,001 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 21, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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