“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.

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.