174 A SCHOOL HISTORY OF THE
has been a great power in his church, and has been
the means of exerting an excellent intellectual and
moral influence upon his people at Brooklyn, N. Y.
His efforts for the conversion of the souls of his
fellow-men are untiring, patient, and full of sacrifice.
Many faces brighten and hearts ring with joy when
his name is called.
Bishop H. M. Turner, D.D., is well known
throughout the United States ; he stands as a model
for the poor boy to-day with scanty means. His early
efforts for an education were accompanied with many
disappointments and failures. Though free, he had
to submit to the law, " no Negro must be educated."
However, he got a start and added to his small
stock until he could read the Bible and hymn-book.
It is said that he learned fifty psalms in a night, and
while plowing repeated them to his co-laborers. He
was hired out most of the time by his father ; his
work was always with hard and often cruel over¬
seers ; but he said, and kept his word, when a boy,
no white man should whip and scar his back. When
about fifteen years of age he was employed as
waiting-boy in a law office, where he attracted special
notice by his tenacious memory and accuracy in de¬
livering messages; the lawyers took an interest in
him and taught him whatever he wanted to learn.
From this he moved on, from one level to the next
higher—being a hard student all the way up to the