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Carolina Story: Virtual Museum of University History

Hackney Training School

The Hackney Training School, Chapel Hill, NC, 1913-1917

During slavery, African Americans had worshipped in separated portions of white congregations or in separate services held by white ministers. After emancipation, they began to organize their own churches. Charles Johnson was among several late nineteenth-century servants who were also preachers. The local African American community also helped build its own schools during segregation. Its children attended institutions supported by parents, Quakers, and northern philantropic foundations.