Want Better Schools For Negro Students

March 26, 1914

The patrons of the negro public schools of Howard county have asked that the Howard County School Commissioners increase their teachers’ salaries and make certain changes in the manner of conducting their schools. In addition to increased pay for their teachers, they ask that they be paid monthly, instead of quarterly, as at present. They also ask that colored trustees for the schools be dropped , and that the School Board take charge of selecting their teachers and conducting their schools.

The colored petitioners also urge the establishment of a negro industrial school at Alpha, where the colored people own a tract of land. They would raise $500 toward the cost of the erection of the building. If the school should be built and meet with the approval of the State Board of Education, $1,500 would come from the State treasury for its use.

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