Equal School Rights

August 18, 1854

Here is a Report of the Committee on Public Instruction, presented to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, May 22.  There is discussion of the exclusion from a school, of a lad named, Pindall, of African descent, with a mixed Indian and White blood.   After disclosure of his colored parentage, he was dismissed from the school.  Long discussion ensues, including references to the Roberts decision, and other considerations. William Cooper Nell concludes, “we are rejoiced to know, that there is now, more than ever before, a disposition among the Aldermen and Common Councilmen to award  justice to the long-neglected colored children….petitions should immediately be sent in by the parents, asking for their children ingress to schools in the respective Districts.”