Tag: education history

black history month

redefinED revisited: One man’s war on Florida’s desegregated schools

Editor’s note: This February marks the 43rd anniversary of Black History Month. President Gerald R. Ford, in the nation’s bicentennial year, urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” redefinED is taking this opportunity to[Read More…]

One man’s war on Florida’s desegregated schools

“We do not refuse anyone on account of race,” Orange Park Normal and Industrial School principal Amos W. Farnham wrote to William N. Sheats in the spring of 1894. In a letter to Sheats, Florida’s top education official, Farnham described a faith-based institution in Clay County that was racially integrated[Read More…]

The Sisters of St. Joseph

A century ago, three Catholic sisters in St. Augustine, Fla. were arrested for something the state Legislature had recently made a crime: Teaching black children at what, in the parlance of the time, was known as a “negro school.” The ensuing trial propelled a 266-year-old French Catholic order and America’s[Read More…]