Teachers and the "Port Royal Experiment"

Well meaning missionary teachers, white and black, male and female, journeyed to Port Royal (what the Union called all the area surrounding Port Royal Sound) to help the newly freed slaves learn to read and write.

The image above from our holdings shows a group of ten teachers (among them: Miner, Mrs. Harris, Armstrong, Cahoun, Colburn, H.C. Bullard, Mitchell, Jenners, King and Foote).

William Reed who donated these images to the Beaufort Township Library (our predecessor institution) wrote:

"Home for teachers of the Freedmen sent out by the American Missionary Assn of New York. Several very nice young ladies among them. Taken in February 1865. All but two of those in the picture taught in Savannah."

To learn more about the teachers and their tasks in educating the freed slaves, consult the selective guide to resources entitled "Missionary Teachers to the Freedmen" posted a few days ago under the "Local History Treasures Brought to You by the Beaufort District Collection."

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
 
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.