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TitleBoard of Education
DescriptionNewspaper report from Nov. 18, 1871 in the Galesburg Republican about a meeting of the board of education at which a petition was presented to the board from a group of African American citizens demanding integration of the public schools.
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Subject (LCSH)Galesburg (Ill.) - Newspapers
Named PersonWorthington, Richard; Clarke, Henry; Lanphere, George C.; Leach, Ed; Barquet, Joseph; Hale, H.M.; Graves, Mrs.;
AuthorGalesburg Republican
Time Period1870s
Date Created (original)November 18, 1871
IdentifierMicroforms Cabinets
RightsThis item is out-of-copyright.
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2012-08-22
TranscriptBoard of Education.
The regular monthly meeting of the
board of education occurred Monday
evening, at the high school building.
Present--President Nash, and Direc-
tors Brown, Hale, Stanley, and Cooke.
Absent--Steward, [?] and Harr-
Minutes read and approved.
Usual bills allowed.
Plan of ungraded deparment by
Professor Edwards for teaching a class
in German in the high school, and for
the government of scholars, submitted
to board. Adopted.
Invitation of Prof. F. R. Poole to
visit business college next Monday.
The matter of placing stoves, and rub-
ber strips in windows, in certain rooms,
was referred to committee on supplies
and superintendent, with power to act.
The petition of Richard Worthington
and other colored citizens, asking their
children to be admitted to the public
schools, called forth a discussion that
lasted till midnight.
Henry Clarke, esq., who seems to be-
lieve that prolixity is legal acumen, oc-
cupied more than half and hour in say-
ing that the public schools were closed
against the colored children, and that
they demanded the right of admission.
Judge Lanphere, with many rounded
and graceful periods as to the glory of
the Anglo-Saxon race, averred the pow-
ers of the board of education were dis-
cretionary, and that the law, including
all the amendments to the constitution,
did not propose to force colored chil-
dren into white schools, etc., etc.
Ed. Leach, esq., then arose, wearing a
most elegant necktie, and in a speech
of infinite pathos, communicated the
startling intelligence that if the colored
children are refused admission to the
public schools the members of the
board of education can be fined one
thousand dollars each. [H.M. Hale
and others were visibly alarmed.]
Captain Barquet next made a speech.
It was eloquent, and gave due credit to
the American eagle and the spirit of lib-
erty. When the captain concluded, a
most erudite discussion occurred between
Judge Lanphere and 'Squire Cooke.
Mrs. Graves with some difficulty ob-
tained the floor, and really made the best
speech of the evening. Her appeal to
have her two little children admitted to
the fourth ward school was really elo-
quent, and showed her to be a lady of
education and refinement.
On motion of H.M. Hale, the whole
subject of admitting colored children in-
to the public schools was postponed un-
til the next regular meeting of the board
subsequent to the winter session of the
legislature, or until some general law be
Messrs. Clarke & Leach gave notice
that Richard Worthington et al. intended
to make application to Judge A. A.
Smith for a writ of mandamus directing
the abolition, by the board of education,
of all distinction of color in the admis-
sion of the children of said applicants
in the public schools.
The meeting then adjourned.
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