In two detailed letters, the teachers at the Pottsville Freedmen's School highlighted their educational efforts in Tennessee.
“New faces” – An April 1867 letter from the Pottsville Freedmen’s School
Fannie A. Couch wrote to Schuylkill County from Tennessee to provide updates about the Freedmen's School she was managing.
“Our work in the school room” – Letter from the Pottsville teachers in Tennessee – March 1867
The teachers from the Pottsville Freedmen's Relief Association penned a letter home to Pennsylvania in March 1867.
A black childhood in Pottsville in the 1930s – Charles H. King, Jr.
Charles H. King, Jr. eloquently described his childhood in Pottsville in his book, "Fire in my Bones."
Pottsville Freedmen’s School teachers arrive in Tennessee – 1867
A newspaper clipping from March 1867 provided an update about the efforts of the Pottsville Freedmen's Relief Association teachers.
Frederick Douglass in Scranton – November 1867
Frederick Douglass used his speech in Scranton to criticize Andrew Johnson, a racist president he viewed as a despot.
“Give all men a chance and fair play” – Frederick Douglass in Pottsville
Frederick Douglass gave two speeches in Pottsville, Pennsylvania in October 1867.
Pottsville teachers resign to head south and open school for freedpeople – February 1867
Fannie Couch and Hannah Streeper prepared to leave Schuylkill County to teach black students in Tennessee in 1867.
“Heroic cause of education” – Pottsville established a “Freedmen’s Relief Association” in 1867
In December 1866, a committee was formed in Pottsville that sought to fund and carry out education for former slaves in the war-torn South.
“Fire in My Bones” – Pottsville native and Civil Rights leader Charles H. King’s memoir
Charles H. King Jr. lead seminars about race in America and participated in the Civil Rights movement. He grew up in Schuylkill County.