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° Hosanna Schoolhouse and more art by strikeWare

° Hosanna Schoolhouse , 2020
Digital Photography | Augmented Reality

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Edmonia Highgate, the first teacher of “Darlington School,” now known as Hosanna School in Harford County, understood the risks of becoming a teacher in buildings dedicated for the advancement of the Black community. On April 1, 1865, the Christian Recorder published her correspondence in the article “A Stray Waif in the Port of Grace,” where she mentioned the burning of a school in Havre de Grace, MD and other A.M.E. churches in Harford County that were subjects of arson. Further she describes the threats to burn down Hosanna Church, this building where she held classes for the “Darlington School.”

“Our friends at H. [Havre de Grace], just before the commencement of the rebellion, built a school-house only to see it burned to the ground by the southern branch of the same clique who burned the colored orphan asylums and churches in New York. The people tell me that the indignities put upon them were so great that they were well nigh constrained to leave the property which they had accumulated by great perseverance and toil, and migrate northward. . . .The rankest secession sentiment exists here among the whites. It manifests itself in burning the warehouses of Unionists, and A.M.E. churches. Indeed, Hosannah church, in which our school is taught, has been threatened, and, consequently, the members had it insured.”

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