“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.

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.

A powerful editorial from Pottsville’s black community – 1940

In the summer of 1940, a new minister at Pottsville's Bethel AME Church sought to reach out to the Coal Region's white community for economic cooperation.