Free Blacks in the Cities Were the Most Likely to.Read

Small all-black schools existed

5/6/20231 min read

"Slaves were excluded from schools by the legislation against teaching them to read and write, but the pattern of segregation applied to free blacks. Not only could they not attend white classes, but they had to make their own arrangements for education. Even these schools had uncertain careers, being subject to police interference and legal prohibitions as well as financial difficulties. [. . .] If some slaves managed to bootleg a little learning in a free colored school, no black was ever admitted to a white one." Richard C. Wade