Separate Schools for Colored Children

July 17, 1846

From the Worcester Co. Gazette comes an admonition of recent action by the Primary School Committee of Boston by which it has found that the continuance of separate schools for colored children “is not only legal and just, but is best adapted to promote the education of that class of our population”.   The article, in criticism, maintains that it is not legal to make distinctions on account of color. “The tint of skin was given them by the hand of the Almighty; and although he clothed them with a sable hue, yet he also gave them the same intellect -the same powers of  perception and retention.”  The article pokes criticism at Boston, saying it might expect such action in Worcester, but not in Boston,  “where the spirit of ’76 was first kindled”.