THE FREE SCHOOL
(transcribed from the Birmingham Iron Age April 23, 1874)
On Monday morning, the 20th inst., the Birmingham Free Public School opened its first session at the new Academy, corner of 5th Avenue and 24th Street. Prof. Connerly and all his Assistants were present at the morning session and were greeted by the glad faces of one hundred and ninety children and young people, who came to receive instruction.
They were divided according to age and advancement into four classes and placed in four rooms, under the government of Messrs. Grace, McLaughlin, Mrs. Thomas and Miss Cahalan respectively.
The work of examination and classification was begun, and will engage the teachers most of the week. On Tuesday forty additional pupils entered, raising the number on the second day to two hundred and thirty. This will require additional room and another teacher, and we are pleased to learn that the School Committee are already working in that direction.
First Birmingham School 1874 (Alabama Department of Archives and History)
The school has been visited by the Mayor and several members of the City Council and by other prominent citizens, and encouraging addresses were delivered by several gentlemen to the different grades of the school. The highest gratification has been expressed by all parties because of the entire unanimity with which the community of Birmingham have engaged in this enterprise and on account of the favorable auspices under which it has begun its work.
The school is free to all white children of Jefferson County.
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