Equal School Rights for Colored Children

February 20, 1857

William Cooper Nell writes on Feb 16, and recounts “cheering indications” of events which “should stimulate the friends of humanity to continued well-doing, for success will ultimately bless all of their labors.”   Included in his “cheering indications”, is the instance where Miss Smith, a colored scholar, whom the School Committee had attempted to exclude from entering Charlestown High School, had “worked her way to the head of her class, passing several who entered before her.”   He also mentions events in Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, which give him encouragement.