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At a Stated Meeting of the Board of Education of the "Pennsylvania Society
for promoting the Abolition of Slavery, &c.," held 12th mo. 8th, 1853, the Com¬
mittee appointed to report a plan of collecting Statistics, &c, produced the fol¬
lowing, which was accepted.
To the Board of Education.
The Committee appointed to consider of, and report to the Board the best
method of ascertaining the present state of education among the colored popu¬
lation of our city and disiricts, in order that those who succeed us in this con¬
cern may at future periods, have some data from which they can form an estimate
of the progress made by this class of our citizens in school learning, &c.
■ Recommend, That with the concurrence of the Society, our Visiting Agent be
instructed to collect and arrange in tabular form the following and such other
items of information as may be thought necessary to represent the present state
of education among them, in addition to the duties heretofore assigned him,
The number over twenty years of age who can read and write and who under¬
stand the simple rules of arithmetic.
The number over twenty years of age who can read and write legibly,
do. * do. who can read onlv,
do. do. Slave born,
do. do. born free in Slave States,
do. do. who cannot read or write,
do. of Libraries, date of organization, number of volumes, &c.
do. of Literary Societies, date of organization, &c,
do. of children attending schools, and whether Public or Private
do. of children over eight years old, not attending School.
Your Committee further recommend that the Agent be directed to ascertain
the number employed as teachers, the number of artizans, the number who have
learned trades, the number who work at their trades, and the number employed
in the higher departments of labor, such as clerkships, &c. &c, so that our suc¬
cessors may also be enabled to note their progress in these respects.
BENJAMIN COATES, [r
BENJAMIN C. BACON, f^°™iiittee.
SIMEON COLLINS, J
Philadelphia^ 12th mo. 8th, 1853.
In accordance with the recommendation of the Report, Benjamin C. Bacon
was appointed, in Fourth Month, 1854, to perform the service therein named ;
and at the stated meeting of the Board in First Month, 1856, Dillwyn Parrish.
Joshua T. Jeanes, and Benjamin Coates were appointed to assist the agent in
its revision and publication.
Chairman of the Board of Education.
T. Ellwood Chapman, Secretary.
MAY 23 1949