Hearne Academy
Historically Black College




Annual Report Of The Board 1900

Hearne Academy, founded at Hearne, Tex., Prof. JH Anderson, Principal, 1896. Teachers employed, white, o; colored, 5; present estimated value of property, ... Hearne Academy, founded at Hearne, Tex., Prof. J. H. Anderson, Principal, 1896. Teachers employed, white, o; colored, 5; present estimated value of property, $6000.00; appropriations by the Society, $500.00; enrollment, males, 25; females, 50; total, 75; average attendance, day students, 17; boarders, 31; general average, 48; preparing for college. 10; pursuing college course, 10; receiving systematic instruction in industrial work, 53; preparing to teach, 30; preparing for the ministry, 10; receiving gratuity, n; pursuing missionary training course, 5; conversions, 5.*

*Report incomplete



Seven months of the past year have been devoted to, in cooperation with Rev. A. R. Griggs, D.D., the work of trying to free our two Academies of debt. We made an effort to raise ($5000.00) five thousand dollars.

The flood, the drought and the short crop came, and we were able, after much labor and great sacrifice on our part, to raise only ($2300.00) twenty- three hundred of the $5000.00 needed. O for some liberal hearts to come to our rescue, and help us put our schools in condition to do the work so much needed to be done for our people. We need more and more Academies, well equipped, within reach of the masses of our people, to give them a Christian education—a religious training that cannot be gotten elsewhere. We are thankful to the Society for what has been done, for the great schools founded and fostered, out of which come trained Christian teachers for our people; but we need them to carry this same Christian culture to our people through Academies, because it cannot be done very well in the public schools. Bishop College is still doing a good work. Her influence is felt over Texas. When Houston and Hearne Academies are out of debt and another building up at Hearne, these three schools will enable Texas to step quickly to the front in all good work. Texas is a great mission field. In extreme south, west and southeast Tex« we have but few preachers and church houses. Wickedness abounds, and our people have but few advantages of any kind. We need men and money. The work is urgent. Many are asking when the New Era Institutes will be started in Texas. This will be of untold advantage to our ministers and churches, as many are so circumstanced that they cannot attend school. Instead of less work to be done by our friends for our people, more ought to be done. The men and women trained in the Christian schools ought to be helped to reach in an intelligent and effective way the masses of our oeople. It is still true that the strong should help the weak. We thank God that through the help of the Society we have done what we could toward this end.