Historically Black College
Notes 1891, The Baptist home mission monthly, Volumes
—The death, after a brief illness, of D. R. Haynes, Esq., of New York City, a young lawyer of high promise and a member of the Board of Trustees of Bishop College, is deeply lamented by a wide circle of friends.
Bishop College.—President Culver, writing April 1st, says : "Our number is greater than ever before. Total enrollment, 260; number of boarders, 151. Of course, we are very much crowded. It is proposed to erect a new building this year for better and enlarged accommodations for chapel and recitation-rooms. The colored Baptists of Texas are taking hold of the matter enthusiastically, and, under the efficient leadership of Brothers Griggs and Luke, will contribute generously. We shall be disappointed if they do not raise at least $2,500. The building will probably cost about $15,000, ready for occupancy."
Little has been done the past year in the erection of buildings. The large laundry building for Spelman Seminary, referred to in last year's report, has been completed ; also a laundry building costing about $2,500 for Bishop College, Texas.
REV. S. W. CULVER, PRESIDENT.
The tenth session of Bishop College closed with the usual commencement exercises on the 28th of May. The declamations and recitations of the Tuesday evening previous, as well as the orations and essays of commencement day, according to the testimony of all, were fully up to last year's standard of excellence, and that was conceded to be very high. The session had been one of very great labor and of some unusual difficulties. A serious inconvenience was found in the crowded condition of the dormitories, class-rooms and chapel. Fifty-seven more students were in attendance than the year before, making , the total enrollment 283. The enlargement of the dining-room gave ample accommodation in that department, and anew laundry building furnished with twenty-four tubs, besides ironing tables, heaters and arrangements for hot and cold water, supplies a want that had become imperative. We managed by the closest economy of room to accommodate all who came with lodging room. But, in the chapel all available space was occupied, and, in many cases, we were compelled to have three occupy a single seat, though the seats were designed only for two, and in recitation-rooms, designed for not more than twenty-live, we were obliged to crowd classes of from forty to fifty. The result was, that every day much time had to be spent in bringing in extra seats and in procuring the order essential to the class-room, before the work of the hour could fairly begin. In this way much time was lost and teachers became greatly disheartened, and it was impossible that the most satisfactory results could be obtained. Thus the imperative need of another building, specially adapted to school work, which was expressed last year, is more impressively emphasized in the experience of this. It is needed in order that the elementary work may be organized in a separate department, which would doubtless result in greatly increased efficiency in both that and the higher grades of work. It is a matter of very great satisfaction that such a building is now in contemplation, to be erected during the coming year. The delay is, in part, perhaps, in order that the colored people may raise from $3,000 to 5,000 for this purpose, which of course is but a small amount, considering how they have been prospered, and that this whole work is for their benefit and for that alone.
It was made known at the Rooms before this year commenced, that at its close the present incumbent intended to retire from the presidency. Through ten years of very earnest work, in which, many obstacles have been overcome, Bishop College has been brought up to the first rank among educational institutions for the colored people. They are now being greatly blessed in many ways by the work that has been done for them in Bishop College. Fortunately, some time before the close of the session, the future president of the institution was discovered, and a royal good man lie is believed to be ; a ripe scholar, and experienced and successful educator, a wise organizer, and a refined and accomplished Christian gentleman. He is without doubt the right man for the place, and we confidently expect that under his supervision, far higher and better results will be achieved than any that have been obtained hitherto. At the beginning of the next session, October 1st. the writer will cheerfully pass his official responsibilities over into the hands of the president elect, Prof. N. Wolverton, with a prayer that he may receive Divine wisdom and grace for his arduous work.
Rev. S. W. Culver, after ten years of arduous and successful work voluntarily retire? from the Presidency of this flourishing Institution which owes so much to his labors. Honorable mention should also be made of Mrs. Culver, who has been a very efficient assistant in the work from the beginning. They took the school from its foundation; they leave it with a large attendance and wide influence for good throughout the Southwest. "Bishop College" is a name that stands for high ideals in education and in Christian attainments. There have been difficulties and at times serious embarrassments in the prosecution of the work, but the outlook for the Institution was never brighter than now. In coming years the invaluable services which President Culver has rendered to the cause of Christian education for the colored people of Texas, will be appreciated even more highly than now. He returns to his native State and will make his home for a time at least in Walworth, N. Y.
Rev. N. Woolverton, for many years at the head of Woodstock College, Ontario, Canada, is expected to take the Presidency. He will bring to his task many special qualifications for the development of the Institution, which is destined undoubtedly to take a front rank among the Society's schools for the colored people.
The following teachers were appointed :At Bishop College, Marshall. Tex.—Rev. Lucian Drury, Mrs. L. Drury.
edited by Sewall Sylvester Cutting, Henry Lyman Morehouse, William W. Bliss, Thomas Jefferson Morgan, Howard Benjamin Grose - 1891