Donation of Abiel Smith to the Town of Boston

Title

Donation of Abiel Smith to the Town of Boston

Subject

Boston Public School System
Abiel Smith School

Description

In 1815, white businessman Abiel Smith died and bequeathed $4,000 to the Town of Boston for the education of African-American children. Boston’s school committee used the money to fund the already existing African School and later to fund the Abiel Smith School which was opened on March 3, 1835. The Smith School closed in 1855 when Boston’s African American children began attending other public schools.

Creator

Town of Boston

Source

1000.001 Town of Boston Records 1634-1821

Date

1815

Rights

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

Format

paper

Language

English

Type

text

Original Format

paper

Files

smithschool001.jpg
smithschool002.jpg

Citation

Town of Boston, “Donation of Abiel Smith to the Town of Boston,” City of Boston Archives, accessed December 13, 2017, http://cityofbostonarchives.omeka.net/items/show/4.