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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
                          EDITORIAL                        379
  This institution of learning was founded in 1884, by Rev. Wes-
ley J. Gaines, now Bishop Gaines, Rev. Scipio H. Robertson,
Revs. Holmes, Thomas, Bradwell, Hall, Low, and others. By
the indefatigable efforts of those founders, backed up by the
churches and friends of education, they have a property worth
at least $35,000, where 300 boys and girls are receiving a secu-
lar and christian education.
  One of the hopeful signs of the times is the progress that is
being male by the colored people in the South in the accumu-
lation of property, and the eagerness with which they are
seeking education. It was once said by a distinguished gentle-
man of the East, that colored people liked education, but did
not like to pay for it. There was probably a good deal of truth
in the utterance when it was made. That was the infant educa,
tional period of the race, but that period is passed. The leaders
of our people, who are largely the ministers, are not only say-
ing "educate," but they are raising large sums of money from
the scanty earnings of those to whom they appeal. At a church
gathering, but a few weeks ago, at Bethel Church, Columbia,
South Carolina, addresses were made upon the subject of chris-
tian education for our boys and girls. Among the speakers was
Miss Hallie Quinn Brown-the lady principal of Allen Uni-
versity-who plead for the better education of our girls. A
table collection was taken, and six hundred dollars in cash
were raised. Now, when it is remembered that this collection
was sprung upon the audience. and the amount realized was
the result of spontaneous giving, and not of organized effort,
the sum is a very large one, and answers the question, are coi-
ored people willing to pay for education?
  Washington, Ga., is the home of the famous Tombs family,
and is in Wilkes County. Not far from the town of Washing-
ton, is the home of the even more famous Alexander H. Ste-
phens. Our visit to this place was one of great interest, Just
outside of the Incorporation, or, as the citizens put it, "a mile
from town," is a settlement of colored people. They own about
two hundred acres of ground in this settlement, laid off in lots
with from one to ten acres, where they have comfortable homes,
a school-house, two churches, an African Methodist and a Bap-
tist, and several places of business. Many who live within the
settlement, have plantations a short distance in the country;
in some cases they are rented; in others, they are owned. The
chief industry is cotton-growing. All things considered, this
settlement at Washington, in Wilkes County, Georgia, is one
of the most prosperous that we have seen anywhere, North or
South.
  Cotton is king in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi; but the
farmer is not king. The idea seems to be how many acres can
be put under cultivation? and not how much can an acre of




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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