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Orphan Home School Building from Across the Lake in Ohio 1906
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Howard Colored Orphan Asylum, Brooklyn
This institution was established in 1866, as a home for
the children of
destitute freedmen coming north, and for over two years it
was maintained by the "National Freedman's Bureau." It was
incorporated, under the general law, September 7th, 1868,
since which its benefactions have been extended to colored
orphan and destitute children, without reference to
locality. Its location is on Pacific street, near Ralph
avenue in the eastern part of the city.
The buildings in use are held under lease. they consist
of three single
story wooden cottages, adjoining, and they will accommodate
about forty inmates. they have recently been repaired, and
are comfortable, but are not fully adequate for the purposes
to which they are applied.
The institution, since its incorporation, has been
sustained by private
benefactions; but application for State aid was made the
past year. its personal property is estimated to be worth
$1,000; but it has no permanent resources. The receipts for
the past year were $2,655, and the expenditures $3,924.50.
The affairs of the institution are controlled by colored
it is under the immediate charge of a colored matron. Since
its incorporation, one hundred and twenty children have been
admitted, over half of whom, it was stated, have been placed
in families in the city, or sent to situations in the
country. Fifty-five were supported the past year, and
thirty were remaining October 1st.
The institution was visited September 21st, and its
affairs appeared to
be as ell managed as practicable, with its limited means.
source: Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities
of the State of New York, 1870; Argus Company, Printers,
Albany, p. 74 * transcribed & submitted by Linda Conpenelis
Schmidt, 12 July 2007.
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