Donation of Abiel Smith to the Town of Boston
Boston Public School System
Abiel Smith School
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.
Town of Boston
1000.001 Town of Boston Records 1634-1821