Immediately after the Civil War, the Freedmen’s Bureau helped establish several schools in the region, providing school teachers from the north in addition to training for local teachers. Imposed segregation by the local white community forced many black children to attend school in local black churches. Eventually one school was built in each community. (Thirty-nine schools were started between 1866 and 1898.) The Rock School, now called the Stanley Institute after Rev. Ezekiel Stanley, at Christ Rock outside of Cambridge, is an early example of a post-Civil War African-American school built and run independently by the local black community. The Stanley Institute stands as a testament to another history characterized by great obstacles matched by determination and tenacity – that of the community’s pursuit of African-American education.
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