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Twelve Wise Men and What They Did for a Race: Schools of the Freedmen's Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church Brought Down to Date
			
and at once sent school teachers into the South
to gather the scattered and ignorant people
together in any sort of shack or building, or
even in the open air, to teach them the re-
sponsibilities of manhood and womanhood and
citizenship. Gradually the church responded
to the calls of the Society for the money neces-
sary to put up buildings and pay teachers, un-
til, after fifty years of earnest and faithful
service on the part of teachers, and liberal giv-
ing by the church, there are at the presnt time
under the control of the Freedmen's Aid So-
ciety eighteen institutions of learning, located
in strategic centers throughout the Southern
States, with 334 teachers and 5,702 students,
sending out their streams of intellectual, in-
dustrial, and moral influence into the masses
of the Negro race, now grown to be twelve mil-
lions. During the half century of their work,
over 200,000 boys and girls have attended the
schools. Large numbers of them have gradu-
ated and are now the leading factors in the
ministry and membership not only of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, but of all the
colored churches in the South. From nothing
the property of the Society has grown until
today it is valued at $2,008,750, and the an-
nual income from collections in the churches,
bequests, gifts, and legacies, with payments
from students themselves, amounts to a round
half million of dollars.
  The 350,000 colored members of the Metho-
dist Episcopal Church, with their 3,375
churches, 215,206 Sunday-school scholars (and
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