Historically Black College
Mrs. E. L. Albright, Secretary.
Bureau for Texas.
We are now able, for the first time in the history of our Society, to report mission work under its auspices in the great State of Texas. Year after year the plea has come up from the 900,000 colored people of this State for the educational advantages which they needed. The Freedmen's Aid Society partially supplied this need by the establishment of Wiley University, buc made no provision for the industrial training of girls. The only provision made by our Church for this most important part of the education of the girls of this large number of colored people is in our King Industrial Home, located at Marshall, in connection with Wiley University.
During the past year the first and second stories have been completed, and the building was opened with appropriate services at the beginning of the college year. There were more applicants for admission than could be received, but twenty-five were admitted and these are all doing excellent work in the housekeeping and sewing departments, under the instruction of the teachers, Misses Mary and Ella Banes. For some years the girls from our Methodist families, in this State, have been obliged to seek the kind of instruction, which our model homes are intended to give, in the homes and schools of other denominations, and we have not yet sufficient accommodation for the number who desire such instruction.
With the completion of the third story, which is now unfinished, the building will accommodate fifty girls, and this ought to be accomplished during the present year, as every room will be occupied as soon as completed. The building is admirably adapted to its purpose, and so far as the furnishing is completed, it is both substantial and beautiful.
External improvements, such as walks and drains, are greatly needed, and for these, and the finishing of the third floor, we must depend upon the continued liberality of those who have helped to bring this building to its present stage of completeness.
The opportunity for usefulness opening before us at this point is almost unlimited. The people for whose benefit the work has been undertaken greatly appreciate our efforts in their behalf, and will assist in supporting the work to the extent of their ability. An excellent religious sentiment pervades the school, and the outlook is in every way most encouraging.
Mrs. E. L. Albright, Secretary.
King Home, at Marshall, Texas, has been finished and furnished, and it is now ready for occupancy. A Superintendent and an industrial teacher have gone to the field and there is cheering prospect that it will open with a large class of girls anxious to profit by its advantages. The cost of this property, including site and building, is $8,000.
Mrs. E. L. Albright, Secretary of the Bureau for Texas, verbally reported this department of the work. She stated that she had tried to secure the services of a bishop as a speaker at the recent dedicatory exercises at King Home, Marshall, Tex., but failing, had been obliged to do the speaking herself. Mrs. Albright described this new Industrial Home, and spoke of its prospects for usefulness in solving the problems of the South. The report was adopted.
The return of October makes it my duty to report the condition of the auxiliaries in the bounds of this Conference. From two districts the reports are very meagre, owing to want of interest on the part of the officers.
King Home being so nearly completed, aroused the sisters and some of the brethren to try to furnish rooms, and their efforts have been crowned with some measure of success. The Navasota District reports the largest amount raised, the Marshall next, and the ministers follow. Though late, the Trinity Auxiliary would not be left out.
We have kept up our interest in the Mothers' Jewels Home, Woman's Home Missions, and have one sister who found purchasers for a dozen copies of the Memoirs of our dear departed leader. District meetings have been held, and an amount of interest shown which leads us to believe the day is not far off when the work of the Society will be taken hold of in earnest.
West Texas Conference.
In the past year more interest has been awakened than in former years. We have some faithful workers in Austin, Dallas, Limestone County, and I might say throughout the Conference. The brethren of the West Texas Conference welcome us to their charges, whenever we can go. We had an enthusiastic meeting at our last anniversary, and also at our district meeting. All seem to be filled with the missionary zeal.
We have no missionaries in our Conference. We would be glad to have one, and hope steps may be taken to employ one for us at this Annual Meeting. We have no industrial school, but hope you will see fit to help us to establish one in the West Texas Conference for our girls, for so many of them go astray annually for lack of proper training.
Dear sisters, while you are pleading for the Indians and Mormons, please remember the poor colored girls of the West Texas Conference. One thing we do desire to have is a High School with an industrial department, and we also desire to have a missionary employed for the West Texas Conference Society. We are not at ail discouraged, for we have long since learned "If in God we put our trust, Conquer all we surely must."
Mrs. L. A. Westbrook, Corresponding Secretary.
Miss Mary Banes, Superintendent, " King" " Marshall, Tex.
Miss Ella Banes, Assistant, " " " "
by Woman's Home Missionary Society (Cincinnati, Ohio) - 1891