Educational Conference TO BE HELD AT The Gloucester School, CAPPAHOSIC, VA. Wednesday, May 27, 1896.
For the purpose of organizing, so as to awaken a greater interest in the cause of education among the people and so arrange to do more work along that line.
Many subjects of vital interest will be considered, and noted speakers will be present.
One delegate from each Church, SundaySchool, Public School, Society, and Educational Clubs of Gloucester and surrounding counties as far as can be reached is desired to be present.
Each organization is requested to take a collection Album and have it filled, or as near so as possible, and returned on or before that date, as the donation for the school.
It is requested that all donations, collection albums, and the names of the delegates be sent to the Secretary of the Gloucester Educational Club before the 20th of May.
All delegates should be elected before the 15th of May.
All persons collecting money for the school with the collection albums, independent of any organization, will be regarded as delegates-atlarge, and should strive to be present.
The meeting will open at 10 A.M. And all persons who cannot leave their homes in time to reach the school by that hour, should come to the neighborhood the day before.
The commencement exercises of the school will take place on the 28th, and all who may attend the Conference are invited to come prepared to remain over to it.
Address or send all collection albums when ready to Miss L. C. Wyatt, Cappahosic, Va.
T. C. WALKER President Board of Trustees
W. B. WEAVER Principal of School.
FRIENDS AND FELLOW CITIZENS: The founders of the present free educational system of Virginia had in contemplation of the establishment of High Schools in each county of the State as a fitting and necessary supplement to the district to supply to the most deserving pupils such further education necessary for a common business life, etc. But the present financial condition of the State forbids the carrying out of this plan at present, or in the near future. Under these circumstances the duty devolves upon us to do for ourselves what the State can not at present do. Believing that the people of Gloucester and adjoining counties would willingly contribute to such a purpose, a meeting has been held at Gloucester C. H. and trustees appointed to take in hand the efforts to estalish at or near Gloucester C. H., a High School for colored males and females. Therefore we issue this address in order to put before the citizens the great need of a high school in our midst for the higher education of the colored race of this and surrounding counties; and also to set before you the plan that is on foot to establish such. This great need is so plain that it does not require further mentioning just here. The possiblity of establishing such a school in Gloucester county has been carefully thought over and calculated, until a decision has been reached that it can be made a success. Upon the ascertainment of this fact a meeting of the public school officers, colored teachers, and other leading citizens of this county was called to assemble at Glouchester C. H. February 18, 1888. This meeting was called to order by W. B. Weaver at 2 o'clock P. M. Prayer was offered by Rev. J. W. Boothe, who afterwards was elected chairman of the meeting, and Mr. T. C. Walker secretary. The object of the meeting was fully explained After some discussion upon the subject, as to the need and possiblity of such a school, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted: Whereas some kind of a school for the higher education of the colored youth, male and female, of this and adjoining counties is so much needed, and although it is the intention of the public school system of Virginia to establish High Schools in each county for both races as early as the means will allow; but since it is not possible to do so at present, therefore be it Resolved, 1st, That we the colored citizens of Gloucester county, associating and co-operating with the white citizens of said county, being assembled at Gloucester C. H. this the 18th day of February 1888, do take steps to establish a High School at, or near this place for the better preparation of the colored male and female for common business life. 2nd, That said school shall be estalished in full sympathy with the public school system of Virginia, and shall serve as an incentive to parent, pupils, public school teachers and officers 3rd, That whenever the public school trustees or officers find it possible to estalish a high school, or to pay a teacher or teachers in said school, or to pay per capita a reasonable tuition fee for a certain number of pupils sent from the public schools of the county, that the doors of said school shall be open to them to do so, in co-peration with the board of trustees. 4th, That the county superintendent of public schools shall by virtue of his office, have the privilege of visiting said school, and of co-operating with the board of trustees in making such recommendations to the State Superintendent or State
An address and an appeal to the colored people of cloucester couty
The signs of the times, my friends appeal to you to be up and doing. We must awake out of the sleep, arise and stand on our feet like brave men and women. Over twenty years we havebeen a free people. Though our way has been cloudy, full of obstacles and difficulties, yet God has bee with us, and to-day he exclaims to us in the language of St. Paul. "Ye are all the children of light, the children of the day, therefore let us not us not sleep as do other."
My friends, we must take fresh courage, and to-day resolve to make one more step upward,place one more link in our chain, and one more star in our crown. We must prove to the world that we are worthy of a place in life, worthy of freedom, and worthy of the advantages five us.
The move which you are now called upon to make is to help to establish and support a high school in our midst. Such a school is greatly needed in this county and we must have it, if it be God's will. We must not content ourselves with the small amount of education received in the public school of the present day. The public school system does not mean to wholly educated us, but it means to help us help ourselves. It may be able to do more for us some day, but it will not be wise in us to site still and wait for that day. We know not when it may come, and by waiting we may lose too much precious time. "So arise, let us go hence."
Much has been done and is being done for us by the government and by the hands of charity, and we cannot afford to wait for greater things to be done. We must go to work and show our appreciation for what has been done and prove ourselves worthy of the same. We wonder how it is that the white race keeps so far ahead of us in business, &c.. complain among ourselves because we will not stick together and make a business people of ourselves. The secret of the success of the wihite race is education and the secrete of oursuccess depends upon education. One score of years have passed since the break of freedom's day to us, and we are yet hewers of wood and drawers of water. Must this always be so, or shall we awake out of sleep, arise and stand on our own resources and dignity? We are free citizens, having euqal rights before that law and it is our duty to properly prepare ourselves to bear an euqual share of the burdens of the government, and to meet the demands of the day and times.
Education will give us back-bone, make us able to calculate with bisuness men, give us desire ot build up the improve, and will make us more united, better citizens and more self-sustaining. Therefore our motto should be educate! educate! eudcate! The great cry is hard times, and if times are hard that is our great reason why we should educate: for the better we are educated the better we are prepared to battle with times. A high school is needed so that when children pass a certain age in the public schools they can be promoted to it.
Trustees have been appionted to establish such a school at Gloucester C. H., and are now making efforts to do so. Our success depends upon you. Here we call upon you to help yourselves. You have an opportunity to show your love for education, and how much you desire ot become business men and women. We now appeal to you for your co-operation. We appeal to every man, woman, and child to aid us in this work. Any amount from one cent up will gladly be accepted. if you have not the money now, please have your names and the amount you will contribute placed upon our subscription list; or take one of our envelops and enclose your contribution until we call for it. We shall appoint some day in May for a grand rally at the Courthouse, when we want all subscripton books, envelopes, and money brought forward. Have your money ready. A programme of exercises will be publised, and you will in due time to called together.
A silver what is offered to the lady collecting and brininging the most money on that day. Yours Submissively, W. B. Weaver, Principal Agen The Gloucester industial high school collection card No. The card with one dollar must be returned by___, 1891. To W. B. Weaver, Box 10, Cappahosic, Gloucester County, VA Each friend is asked to give 10 cents for the cause of Education.