Bishop College
Historically Black College



Report Of The General Agent And Summary Of The Work Of 1903-1904 To The Trustees of the John F. Slater Fund

Bishop College, Marshall, Harrison Co. Dr. Arthur B. Chaffce, President.

Extracts from the President's report:

" The total number of students within the reach of the normal work is 381. Of this number the training school has 321, and the academy normal department 60, a gain of 63 over the total of last year. Of the 381, 143 are preparing to teach, making, with the 60 normal academic students, 203 actually in the courses of our normal work. In the academy normal, 18 of the 60 are teaching under criticism. The practical, earnest work done by Miss Finney, and the high standard of our curriculum, gives us the enviable reputation of turning out very satisfactory teachers. This is the verdict of all. But our work is done at a disadvantage on account of lack of room. Our grammar school is overcrowded, and there is not suf- cient room for satisfactory normal practice teaching.

Number of Students.

Grammar grades 311
Primary 10


Manual Training:
Blacksmithing 8
Machine Work 8
Wood Turning 7
Carpentry 106
Mechanical Drawing 25
Painting 10
Printing 17


Domestic Economy:
Dressmaking 37
Plain Sewing 165
Cooking 5
Sanitation and Nurse Training. 12


"The total enrollment for the year is 495.

" I wish to call attention to the work of our industrial classes. By far the largest number are in carpentry, as the appended table shows. Our college department students are not required to take manual training, also the ministerial students are excused. These excused students bring down our averages, but, notwithstanding this fact, it can readily be seen that we have too many students in manual training for the number of teachers engaged."

The General Agent visited Bishop College in October, 1904, and found the school in thorough working order. The President is an experienced educator, a strict disciplinarian, a good business manager and is open-minded as a student of the educational and social needs of the colored people. The teachers are well trained and in thorough harmony with the administration. The apparatus for instruction in science is better than that found in most Southern colleges. Both a strong and weak feature of Bishop Collegc is the Industrial Department. They have a fine and well equipped building for men's industries, including black- smithing, carpentry, machine work in wood and iron, and facilities for mechanical ('rawing. The present equipment for girls' industries is not as good, but larger equipment will soon be available. The President deeply feels the need for a larger and more competent force of industrial instructors, specially with the view of effecting more thorough correlation of the academic and industrial work.