Historically Black College
BUREAU FOR TEXAS.
A celebrated Frenchman once said that "He who has participated in the conflicts of humanity for freedom through the medium of history can never more be happy." So, too, we can not be undisturbed nor indifferent when we contemplate the .great race conflict going on in our beloved land.
The recent riots in Louisiana, Georgia, New York, and Ohio loudly proclaim that antagonism to the Negro is no longer a Southern problem, but the problem of the North as well as the South. There seems to be, in this great hatred for the Negro, a deeper reason than a race conflict. There is revealed the awful sin and consequent deprivation of those who, in their ignorance, have no conception of the great basal truth of the brotherhood of man, nor the revealed truth "that of one blood hath God made all nations." A great principle has never yet been settled by humanity, except by infinite pain and cost. The struggle is now on. Nothing but the principles of Christ applied will usher in the era of ideal government, fraternity, and justice. 'Tis said that "knowledge is power;" so, too, is ignorance power. With iconoclastic hand, in a moment of frenzy, it tears down the work of centuries; it burns the churches and schools; it loots homes; it tramples under foot law and order, and brings desolation and death. When we think of how widespread is this ignorance, illiteracy, and irreligion, and the little, comparatively, that is being done for its cure, it becomes appalling. Yet every school established is a veritable light-house, and we dare not cease our efforts till the radiance of one reaches another, or until the whole land is ablaze with these towers of light.
I bring to you to-day the annual report of one of these "lighthouses" — King Home, located at Marshall, Texas.
We have just closed the most fruitful year in our history. There has been an increase in numbers of both boarding and day pupils. The progress of the scholars has been encouraging, and the deportment marked, no case of discipline having been reported. Some improvements have been made. Three rooms in the third story have been furnished, the house painted, a hen-house built, and general minor repairs made. We believe it to be the wisest policy to keep everything in good condition.
Six were graduated from the Department of Scientific Dressmaking.
Appropriate exercises were held at the Commencement at Wiley University, with which we have the most cordial relations. A Queen Esther Circle of over thirty members was organized, and the girls are being trained to practical missionary work.
The religious development has been very gratifying. Out of the fifty girls boarding in the Home, forty-eight are communicants in our Church.
The statistics are as follows:
Number of boarding pupils 5o
Number of day pupils 183
Total number of pupils 233
Sewing lessons given 99o
Garments made 867
Garments repaired 53
Garments given out 247
Visits to sick and needy 86
Missionary meetings 15
Temperance meetings 18
Young Peoples' meetings.. .. , 32
The Harrisburg Home matter remains in statu quo. Though we have reason to believe that by Christmas the business will be satisfactorily arranged. We can still collect money for it as one of our Twentieth-century objects. I have not been on the ground, but from what I have seen through others' eyes, I believe it to be a fine location. There ought -certainly to be another Home in the great State of Texas.
This report would not be complete without saying that too much praise can not be given to the faithful and devoted teachers, whose wise management and fidelity have made possible our success.
The year's seed-sowing has ended. The future alone will reveal the bounteousness of the harvest.
Mrs. Lavanda G. Murphy, Secretary.
It is with gratitude to Almighty God that we present our report for the past year. The work of the Society has steadily grown in numbers and enthusiasm. The year's receipts are far in advance of last year, and quite a number of new Auxiliaries have been organized. There are Auxiliaries on each of the six districts, and we look forward to the work of another year with renewed courage.
District meetings have been held, leaflets and Annual Reports distributed, and we feel by this method we have gotten a firmer hold of the minds and hearts of our people.
Money has been collected for the Harrisburg Home, and the hope is that this Home will open its doors in the very near future, as an Orphans' Home is greatly needed, especially in Southern Texas.
Money for a beneficiary at King Home has also been collected by the Conference Society. Four Auxiliaries have sent supplies to Wiley University and King Home, and many of the Auxiliaries have been mindful of the sufferers in Southern Texas, and have forwarded to them a number of articles. Our Conference Treasurer has forwarded $249 this year.
I know I am safe in saying you may expect greater work next year. We need your prayers and your sympathy.
Mrs. W. H. Logan, Conference Corresponding Secretary.
WEST TEXAS CONFERENCE.
I Come from a State of dire distress. God has laid his hands heavily upon my people, causing them to be scattered abroad. They are left without homes, food, or raiment. Great is the calamity to the State of Texas! And yet we feel that God knoweth the way he taketh, and doeth whatsoever he will, and he makes no mistakes.
Last year, during the time I was unable to travel over my Conference, I formulated a plan to raise our school money, which I named the "Seven-dollar Plan." Each Conference and district officer was to raise, aside from the Auxiliaries, seven dollars, which a good many did, that prevented a falling-off along that line. There is a falling-off of dues, which I indeed regret.
Our Anniversary was held December 24th in Austin. Dr. Manly Hard and wife addressed us.
During the summer, over five district meetings were held. I have organized new Auxiliaries, Mothers' Jewels, and reorganized and strengthened old ones.
We are in very great need of the Training and Industrial Home for our girls. . Come to the West Texas Conference, and see something about us. Help us to build the Home. We are willing to work, and will work by any plan you give us. All we ask is the Home in which to train pur girls; for without it our girls can not be prepared for their work in life.
Mrs. E. S. Spriggs,
Conference Corresponding Secretary.
by Woman's Home Missionary Society (Cincinnati, Ohio) - 1900