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Colored Orphan Asylum, New York

This institution, established for colored orphan and destitute children of both sexes, was founded by an association of ladies in 1836, and incorporated by an act of the Legislature, passed May 16th, 1838. Its location is on One Hundred and Forty-third street and Tenth avenue, near Carmansville, New York.

The building, now in use, was completed and occupied in 1868. It is constructed of brick, is three stories in height, and one hundred and twenty-five feet square. It is built, warmed and ventilated in the most approved manner, and is fully supplied with water and appliances for bathing. It will accommodate one hundred and sixty inmates. The plan of the building contemplates additions, which, it is stated, will be made as son as may be required. A small wooden edifice is used as a hospital, and the buildings throughout are in good condition. The location is commanding and pleasant, and the grounds are well laid out and improved.

The value of the property occupied by the institution is estimated at $200,463.64. There is also an invested fund amounting to $102,100. the receipts for there past year were $66,243.54, and the expenditures, $52,182.70.

The institution in its early days was maintained by donations, by collections in churches, and by the income from legacies. The site formerly occupied on Fifth avenue was given by the city, and for several years past a stipulated sum has been allowed by the city government for each child maintained. At present this allowance is seventy-five cents per week. Appropriations have also been made from the School Fund, and at various times from the State treasury.

The government of the institution is confided to a board of lady managers, with an advisory board of gentlemen. A superintendent, assisted by a matron, is in immediate charge.

The records show that since its establishment, sixteen hundred and twenty-five children have been admitted. The number supported for the past year was three hundred and thirty-seven; the average attendance two hundred and sixty, and two hundred and sixty-five remained October 1st. Children are received at two years and retained until twelve. When properly surrendered they are bound out by indenture, and as far as practicable, sent to the country. Occasionally the boys are apprenticed to trades, and a stipulated sum is set apart and invested for each child, to be paid when it shall arrive at age. While in the asylum they are properly educated and trained to labor.

The institution was visited October 24th, 1868, in company with Commissioner Dwight, and again October 26th, 1869. Its affairs are controlled by earnest and devoted trustees, who appear to be fully sensible of the important duties devolved upon them. 337 total supported, 72 discharged; children remaining October 1st, 1869: 167 boys, 98 girls.

source: Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities of the State of New York, 1870; Argus Company, Printers, Albany, p. 56-57 *transcribed & submitted by Linda Conpenelis Schmidt, 5 July 2007. . Published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission

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