It was hardly considered probable that any considerable number of the freedmen would at once seize the opportunity for immediate education as they did when the first ray of hope and light beamed upon them from the philanthropic north.  Yet the Afro-American, as upon a momentís thought availed himself of the opportunities which were offered under the Freedmenísí Bureau, the first organized effort to educate the freedmen.  With this effort came in close succession efforts of the church and those of a general character, so that we now have the following schools for the training of Afro-American youth:  the American Baptist Home Mission Society; the American missionary Association; the Presbyterian Board of Missions for Freedmen; the Freedmenís Aid and Southern Educational Society; the colored Evangelistic Fund (Southern Presbyterian Church); Negro Education and Evangelization Society (Christian Church); the Educational Society I the United Presbyterian Church; the Protestant Episcopal commission; the African Methodist Episcopal Church; the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church; the colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America; the Colored Baptist Church.  In the non-denominational schools of the United States the number of schools for the Higher, Secondary Normal, Graded and common Schoolsí training is 370.  Number of teachers 1775, of which 646 are Afro-Americans, number of students in 1892, 52,443.

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