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[Ed. Form, No. 4.] SUB-ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER'S (OR AGENT'S) MONTHLY REPORT on Education of Freedmen and Refugees in Sub-District, State of Texas in charge of 31st Sub Dist. for the month of April 1868 [in accordance with order contained in Circular No. 5, Bureau R., F., & A.L.] 1. Name of your Sub-District? Palestine Anderson County 31st District 2. Whole number of Refugee or Freedmen's Schools in the District? 3 Day? 0 Night? 0 Sabbath? 3. Location of Schools? Wilsons Academy Palestine & Magnolia 4. Whole number of Teachers? 2 White? 1 Colored? 5. Names and post-office address of Day-School Teachers? Mary E. Chilister Palestine Texas Alfred Purtle Wilsons Academy Mrs Mary P [[Sininpton?]]Magnolia 6. Whole number of School-houses for Freedmen in your District? 4 Their condition, capacity, value, and by whom owned? The house Mound Prairie Seats fifty scholars, Value Three Hundred Dollars, Brushey School house has been torn down by some unknown parties, The other houses are common log houses & will seat Fifty scholars 7. Number of your visits to Schools? 1 Day? Night? Sabbath? 8. Number of educational meetings held by you during the month? 1 Where? Wilson's Academy. 9. Number and names of places, now destitute, in which Day-Schools might be organized? Brushey & Mound Prairie 10. Number of pupils (estimated) who would attend such Schools? I am Satisfied three or four hundred would if they were able to pay, but that is the difficulty, they are in favour of schools if they had the means to support a school. 11. Amount which would probably be raised by the Freedmen, for school purposes, in each destitute neighborhood? The can do nothing more than to furnish the houses but are willing to do all they can in the advancement of schools. 12. What efforts are you making to secure the support of schools by pupils, parents, boards of education, or the State government? Parents of Colored children send to school when they can. “the State does nothing. 13. Whole number of additional School-houses, for Freedmen, now wanted in your Sub-District? None at the present. 14. Could you organize your Sub-District into School Districts, each with a School Committee pledged to carry on schools therein? I could 15. To what extent would help from without be needed in such cases? Teachers & means to pay them 16. What is the public sentiment as to the education of the Freedmen and Poor Whites? The people take no interest in the matter. 17. Are Night-Schools for Adults needed in your District? Night schools are needed but impossible to get Teachers In what way could they be carried on? By having a man that would devote his whole time to the matter. He could do well. 18. What more can this Bureau do for education the children of Refugees (or Poor Whites)? [[line]] 19. How long will Northern charitable aid be needed for the Freedmen and Refugee Schools of your District? Untill Reconstruction takes place. I hereby certify, on honor, that I have given personal attention to the matter herein named and that the the answers given are, according to my best knowledge and belief, correct. Jhn. H. Morrison Sub-Asst. Com., Bureau R., F., & A.L.
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