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held July 17th and 18th.

J. L. M. Curry,
Washington, D. C. General Agent.


School Year 1900 and 1901.


On hand $100.00

Oct. 8. Checks from Dr. J. L. M. Curry 700. 00

Nov. '20. Checks from Dr. J. L. M. Curry 600. 00


Jan. 15. Checks from Dr. J. L. M. Curry..

Feb. 18. Checks from Dr. J. L. M. Curry 1,000.<"

March 22. Checks from Dr. J. L. M. Curry I.IOO.Ih

Oct. 18. Checks from Dr. J. L. M. Curry 350. On

Total 4,250.(i.i


Biennial Report of the

Oct. 22.

Nov. 22.




March 12.

April 2.

April 4.












E. J. Forney, Treasurer Normal and Industrial

College - $700.00

W. A. Blair, Treasurer Winston Normal School. 300.00

J. B. Leigh, Treas. Elizabeth City Normal School . 200. 00

H. W. Lilly, Treas. Fayetteville Normal School. 100.00

W. A. Blair 400.00

J. B.Leigh 100.00

H.W.Lilly 50.00

E. J.Forney 1,000.00

Thos. R. Foust, Treas. Newbern Graded School.. 100.00

A. Mayo, Treas. Washington Graded School 100.00

F. W. Miller, Treas. Waynesville Graded School. 100.00
S. B. Bundy, Treas. Monroe Graded School 200. 00

B. W. Ballard, Treas. Franklinton Nor. School.. 250.00
A G. Trotter, Treas. Mt. Airy Graded School .... 100. 00

G. W. Sumrell, Treas. Kinston Graded School. . . 100. 00

E.J.Forney - - 300.00

J. B. Leigh 50.00

On hand.. 100.00

Total 4,250.00











Oct. 18.


1902 .

March 15.


April 30.

School Year of 1901-1902.


Received check from Dr. Curry $1, 200. 00

Check from Dr. Curry 600.00

Check from Dr. Curry 800.00

Check from Dr. Curry 600. 00

Check from Dr. Curry , 700.00

Total 3,900.00


E. J. Forney, Treasurer Normal and Industrial

College $800.00

W. A. Blair, Treasurer Winston Colored Normal

School 400.00

W. A. Blair .- 100.00

E. J. Forney 500.00

J. B. Leigh, Treas. Elizabeth City Normal School. 100. 00

Superintendent of Public Instruction. G7

April 30. H. W. Lilly, Treas. Fayetteville Normal School.. $50.00

30. A. G. Trotter, Treas. Mt. Airy Graded School... 50.00

30. A. Mayo, Treas. Washington Graded School 100. 00

30. A. Johnson, Treas. Thomasville Graded School.. 100 00

30. Dr. E. T. White, Treas. Oxford Graded School... 100. 00

30. H. L. Price, Treas. Wesley Chapel Graded School. 100. 00

30. M. T. Brazealle, Treas. Mt Olive Graded School. 100. 00

30. Lee S. Smith. Treas. Guilford College Graded

School - 100.00

30. J. C. Braswell, Treas. Rocky Mt. Graded School. 150.00

30. J. M. Mendenhall, Treasurer Lexington Graded

School. -. 100.00

30. J. P. Albright, Treas. Burlington Graded School. 100. 00

30. Dr. Geo. I. White, Treas. Marion Graded School. 100. 00

June 30. E.J.Forney 700.00

Total 3,750.00

On hand 150.00


On hand at end of school year 1901 §100. 00

Total on hand July 1, 1902 250. 00


Under the rules and regulations, North. Carolina now has
18 scholarships, worth $100 per annum for two years, and
railroad fare to and from Nashville.

The State Superintendent appoints the students for these
scholarships under rules and regulations made by the Pea-
body College.

Examination questions are prepared and sent to the State
Superintendent, and he sends them out to County Superinten-
dents, who conduct the examinations and return the papers,
which then are forwarded to the faculty of the Peabody Col-
lege, where these papers are graded, and the applicants receiv-
ing the highest averages are nominated to the State Super-
intendent, and he then makes the appointments.

The following is the list of those appointed in 1901 :

Miss Lizzie Ferrell, Clinton, N. C.

68 Biennial Report of the

Miss Madge White, Statesville, K C.

Walter R. Jones, Pine Ridge, K C.

R. W. Stuart, Buie's Creek, K C.

List of appointments for 1902 :

Miss Ella L. Cochran, Avery's Creek, K C.

Harley Goode, Rutherford College, K". C.

James W. Moseley, Elkin, K C.

These were recommended by the faculty of the college in
accordance with Article III, paragraph 2, of the circular of
information. The examinations were conducted July 17 and
18, and the three making the highest averages were as fol-
lows: (Names will be found in Part II.)

These applicants were therefore appointed to fill the re-
maining vacancies.

The money given through Dr. Curry, the General Agent of
the fund, is distributed under his direction, after conferring
with the State Superintendent. In 1902, a large part of the
appropriation was given to new graded schools, which have
been established under great difficulties, and really needed
more help than was possible to give them.



Jan. 15. Check from Dr. Curry for Colored A. and M. College. $333. 00
Oct. 24. Check from Dr. Curry for Colored A. and M. College. 100. 00
Dec. 30. Check from Dr. Curry - 100.00

April 7. Check from Dr. Curry - 100.00

Total $633.00


Mar. 12. Check to R. W. Murray, Treas. A. and M. College,

Greensboro $333. 00

Oct. 29. Check to R. W. Murray 100.00

Jan. 6. S. A. Kerr, Treas. A. and M. College, Greensboro ... 100.00
April 7. S. A. Kerr, Treas. A. and M. College, Greensboro ... 100.00

Total $633.00




Elizabeth City, N. C, June 6, 1901.
Gen. Thos. P. Toon, Supt. Public Instruction, Raleigh, N. G.

Dear Sir: — I have the honor to submit the tenth annual report of
the work of the Elizabeth City State Normal School for the academic
year 1900-1901.

The year began September 3, 1900, and closed May 31, 1901. The
School worked thirty-eight weeks, exclusive of the Christmas holi-

The School has witnessed one of the most successful years in its
history. This includes both tangible and intellectual results. A
marked feature of the past year has been hard and incessant labor.
Students are informed when they first enter that their progress will
depend upon faithful application. There has been no case of discip-
line for immoral conduct or rude manners on any occasion.

The character of the student life has been upward. Students have
been taught the value of the moral as well as the practical side of
life. Hence, there has been an increasing interest for higher life
and intellectual advancement.

The following is the qualification for admission to the Elizabeth
City State Normal School:

1. Each applicant must furnish evidence of his or her moral char-

2. Each applicant must pledge himself to do right.

3. Applicant must be sixteen years of age.

4. Applicant must write legibly.

5. Applicant must read intelligently in a Fifth Reader.

6. Applicant must spell ordinary English words.

7. Applicant must answer fairly well questions on history of
United States.

8. Applicant must do sums in Arithmetic up to and including
Common and Decimal Fractions.

9. Applicant must answer questions on Elementary Geography.
The geographical distribution of students for the past session is a

fact worthy of commendation and encouragement to school officers.
One hundred and thirty-one (131) matriculated from the following
counties: Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Craven, Camden, Cur-
rituck, Dare, Northampton, Bertie, Onslow, Jones, Pamlico, Gates,
Martin, Tyrrell, Norfolk (Va.), and Princess Ann (Va.).

70 Biennial Report of the

Only forty-nine of the entire enrollment were members of the first
year class. The majority of the students are candidates for the
high and honorable calling of teaching. They have the capacity and
ability. The requisite training and fitness will make them efficient

Three instructors, including the Principal, were employed by the
Local Board of Managers for the session. During the last six weeks
of the session, another teacher was employed. There was perfect
harmony among the teachers, officers and students throughout the
session. The teachers were faithful in the discharge of their duties.

Some applicants were refused admission because they lacked in

The instruction in the public schools is superficial, as evidenced
by some of the applicants who have sought admission in the Normal.
There is, however, marked improvement in those applicants who
have been instructed by the students of the Normal, especially the
graduates. The work done by this institution is receiving recogni-
tion from the best white and colored citizens in those communities
where its worth is known. Its influence for the moral, material and
educational uplift of the Negro race has grown in potency and ex-
tension. The entire student body shows evidences of growth in in-
tellectual culture, refinement, character and usefulness. These qual-
ities, a successful teacher must possess.

Three teachers can not successfully do the work. Another assist-
ant instructor should be employed. A thoroughly competent teacher
is needed.

Books Purchased for the Elizabeth City State Normal School
Library 1900-1901.

1. American Inventions and Inventors, 1 volume.

2. A Modern Reader and Speaker, 1 volume.

3. Counsel Upon the Reading of Books, 1 volume.

4. Great American Educators, 1 volume.

5. Helps for Ambitious Girls, 1 volume.

6. John Wesley, 1 volume.

7. Lives of Illustrious Shoemakers, 1 volume.

8. Lessons on Manners, 1 volume.

9. Lessons on Morals, 1 volume.

10. Mind and Hand, 1 volume.

11. Master-pieces of American Literature, 1 volume.

12. Master-pieces of British Literature, 1 volume.

13. Negro Educators, 1 volume.

14. Patriotic Eloquence, 1 volume.

15. Royal Manhood, 1 volume.

Superintendent of Public Instruction. 71

16. Right Living as a Fine Art, 1 volume.

17. Standard Dictionary (Webster), 1 volume.

18. Silas Marner, 1 volume.

19 Steps to Oratory, 1 volume.

20. The Story of Our Continent, 1 volume.

21. The Future of the American Negro, 1 volume.

22. The Christian Gentleman. 1 volume.

23. The World's Best Proverbs, 1 volume.

24. The Men Who Made the Nation, 1 volume.

25. The Works of Edward Everett Hale, 1 volume.

26. Winners in Life's Race, 1 volume.

27. What Our Girls Ought to Know, 1 volume.

28. Women of the Bible, 1 volume.

29. Winsome Womanhood, 1 volume.

Library Dooks purchased for 1899-1900 are recorded in ex-Superin-
tendent Mebane's report.

Besides the books purchased during the past two years, the Library
contains about 150 miscellaneous volumes.

January 7, 1901, the School was honored with the presence of Dr.
Chas. F. Meserve, President of Shaw University, Raleigh, N. C. He
made an excellent address on "Service."

The students are required to attend regularly the Sunday Schools
and preaching services held at the various churches. They also do
efficient service as teachers in the Sunday Schools. The chapel ex-
ercises were regularly attended and added much to the real life and
spirit of the School.

Ths State Normal School Lyceum held weekly sessions, which
were participated in by all the students at different times. Debates,
declamations, recitals, compositions, music, a weekly journal and
occasional talks by the Principal indicate the work done by the
Literary Society.

The decennial commencement of the State Normal was one of the
most interesting and charming events of the session. Spectators
had an opportunity of ascertaining the real character of the School.
The commencement sermon was preached by Rev. C. S. Brown, D.D.,
President Waters' Normal Institute, Winston, N. C. Subject: "Man
— His Creation, Nature and Mission." It was a profound discourse.
He delivered it with enthusiasm to a large audience.

The essays, orations and music were considered excellent. The
commencement address was impressively delivered by Rev. C. W.
Duke, of the First Baptist Church (white), city. His - subject, "Quo
Vadis." The excellence of the address can not be easily portrayed.
Yet, it was practical and plain. His manner is enthusiastic and

The diplomas were awarded the seven graduates by the Principal.

72 Biennial Report of the

The following firms ofrered prizes for best orations and essays:
"The Fair," "Bee Hive," Fowler & Co., McCabe & Grice, and Rev.
P. W. Melick. Prof. S. L. Sheep, Hon. J. B. Leigh and J. H. Sawyer,
Esq.. awarded the prizes as follows:

First prize, to Miss L. M. Brown, Trenton, N. C.

Second prize, to Miss A. M. Hill, Columbia, N. C.

Third prize, to Miss B. J. Hawkins, Chapanoke, N. C.

Fourth prize, to Miss Clotee Brinkley, Norfolk, Va.

Fifth prize, to Mrs. A. E. Jones, Elizabeth City, N. C.

For best oration, Thos. J. Rayner, "Windsor, N. C.

Since all the essays were meritorious, the interested and appre-
ciative white visitors made up the fifth prize in order that all the
essayists might be awarded one.

It remains for me to say, in conclusion, that I am profoundly
grateful to the Local Board of Managers of the Elizabeth City State
Normal School for the invaluable service gratuitously given for the
welfare of the School.

Very respectfully, P. W. Mooke,


J. B Leigh, Treasurer, in account with the State Normal School of
Elizabeth City:


Aug. 13. To balance on hand $890.17

Oct. 18. To check from State Auditor 500.00

Nov. 23. To check on account of Peabody Fund 200.00

Dec. 2. To check from State Auditor 500.00


Feb. 9. To check from State Auditor 857.14

April 6. To check on account of Peabody Fund 100.00

April 18. To check on account of Peabody Fund 50.00

Total $3,097.31


As per account filed with Supt. Public Instruction. 2,538.20
Sept. 24. Balance on hand 559.11

(Signed) J. B. Leigh,
Secretary and Treasurer.

Superintendent of Public Instruction. 73


Elizabeth City, N. C, July 31, 1901.
Gen. T. F. Toon. Supt. Public Instruction, Raleigh, N. C.

Dear Ste: — The third Summer Normal School for Negro Teachers
of Eastern North Carolina was held in the Elizabeth City State
Normal School building from July 15th to July 26, 1901, a session of
ten days.

The following programme was ably and successfully executed:
P. W. Moore, Principal Elizabeth City State Normal School, English
Grammar, Primary Methods and Orthography; Prof. S. L. Sheep,
Superintendent of School for Pasquotank County, and member of
State Board of Examiners, Geography, School Management, Civil
Government and School Law; Mr. J. R. Fleming, Elizabeth City State
Normal School, Arithmetic, Physiology and Vocal Music; Principal
J. H. M. Butler, N. and I. Institute, Reading, Botany, and Elementary
Science; Rev. L. E. Fairly, U. S. History and Elementary Psychology.

Evening lectures were delivered by Hon. J. B. Leigh; subject,
"Patron and Teacher;" Rev. C. W. Duke, First Baptist Church, sub-
ject, "The Influence of the Teacher's character Upon the Students;"
Dr. G. W. Cardwell, subject, "Water;" Rev. L. E. Fairly, subject,
"The Home Life," and Rev. W. L. Clayton, subject, "Life, Labor and
Liberty.'' Other lectures were delivered by Prof. S. L. Sheep and

The enrollment reached 150, representing the following counties:
Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Washington, Martin, Northamp-
ton, Hertford, Bertie, Camden, Currituck, Craven, Onslow, Gates,
Tyrrell, Hyde, Guilford and Norfolk (Va.)— 17 in all.

It was the largest and most successful session we have ever held.
The work was so skilfully and efficiently done that the teachers re-
joiced that they attended and returned to their homes greatly bene-
fited and inspired to qualify themselves for the exalted and honor-
able work of teaching.

The bummer School was not only helpful to tne teachers, but also
helpful to the ministers and the public, who were in evidence upon
every session.

Friday, the 26th, was called "Conference Day." The greater por-
tion of the day was devoted to the discussion of the following topics:
1. Professional Courtesy Among Teachers. 2. What Teachers
Should Not jJo. 3. The Ethical Status of the Negro. 4, The Bane-
ful Effects of Idleness. 5. Benefits of the Summer Normal School.
6. Wealth in Economy.

At 4 o'clock p. m., Friday, the teachers were given a very royal
reception on the Normal School grounds by the local talent and other
friends of tne city. The occasion was an enjoyable one.

74 Biennial Report of the

The 'leachers' Concert on Friday evening was the closing feature
of the Summer Normal School, which was highly enjoyed hy all

I wish to thank you for the privilege of conducting the School,
which proved a blessing to a large number of teachers and to the
homes which they and others represented.

Respectfully submitted, P. W. Moore,



Salisbury, N. C, June 26, 1901.
Hon. Thos. P. Toon, State Supt. Public Instruction.

Dear Sir : — The State Normal School began its twenty-first session
on the 10th day of September, 1900, and closed on the 29th day of
May, 1901.

The School was prosperous throughout the entire session, and the
general daily attendance was some better than former years.

By an arrangement between our Directors and the President and
Trustees of Livingston College, the State Normal School was trans-
ferred to one of the buildings of said College.

A copy of the agreement is herewith transmitted for your in-
formation. This agreement was endorsed by Mr. Mebane.

The total enrollment was 118, which includes a number of students
from the College, who pursued a course of study in the State Nor-
mal. Of the 118 students enrolled 92 are residents of North Caro-
lina, 37 males and 55 females. Of these 36 are in the Junior Class,
37 in the Middle Class, and 19 are in the Senior Class. Twenty-three
counties were represented.

As the Normal School question will soon come before you for your
consideration, I need not discuss the subject now.

Very respectfully, J. O. Crosby.

J. Rumple, Treasurer, in account with the State Normal School,
Salisbury, N. C, for the year 1900-1901:


Sept. 20. To balance on hand $93.86

Oct. 2. To warrant from State Auditor 500.00

Dec. 24. To warrant from State Auditor 500.00


Feb. 9. To warrant from State Auditor 857.15

Total receipts $1,951.01

Superintendent of Public Instruction. 75


By various amounts paid out as per vouchers on

file in the State Superintendent's office $1,312.43

June 25. On hand 1901 638.58



Report of B. W. Ballard, Treasurer of Franklinton Colored Normal


Aug. 11. To amount on hand from Fall and Spring Terms,

1899 and 1900 $171.46

Oct. 6. To Auditor's warrant 500.00

Dec. 22. To Auditor's warrant 500.00


Feb. 6. To Auditor's warrant 857.14

April 10. To check Peabody Fund 250.00



By various amounts paid out as per vouchers on file

and approved by Local Board 1,952.83

June 19. To balance on hand 325. 77



"W. T. Hollowell, Secretary and Treasurer, in account with State
Normal School, Goldsboro, N. C, to June 30, 1901:


June 1. To balance on hand $421.21

Oct. 10. To warrant State Treasurer 500.00

Dec. 26. To warrant State Treasurer 500.00


Feb. 9. To warrant State Treasurer 857.14


1901. CREDIT.

May 28. Amount paid out as per vouchers filed 2,020.82

June 30. Balance on hand 257.53

(Signed) W. T. Hollowell.

Secretary and Treasurer.

76 Biennial Report of the


Report of H. W. Lilly, Treasurer Fayetteville Colored Normal
School, for the year 1900-1901:


May 17. To balance from approved account $1,074.45

Sept. 13. E. C. Smith, return of loan for Summer Institute. . 75.00

Oct. 10. To warrant State Auditor 500.00

Nov. 23. To C. H. Mebane, Peabody Fund 100.00

Dec. 22. To warrant from State Auditor 500.00


Feb. 9. To warrant from State Auditor 857.14

April 6. To T. F. Toon, Peabody Fund 50.00

Total receipts 3,156.59


By various amounts paid out as per vouchers on

file and approved by Local Board 1,961.81

By balance on hand May 31, 1901 1,194.78



Plymouth. N. C, June 20, 1901.
Gen. Thos. F. Toon, Supt. of Public Instruction, Raleigh, N. C.

Dear Sir: — Grateful to Him, who is ever supervising our work, I
take pleasure in submitting the twentieth annual report of the
Plymouth State Normal School for the session beginning September
3, 1900, and ending June 7, 1901. The enrollment for the term was
139 — males 24; females 115; an increase of 59 per cent over the ses-
sion of '99 and 1900, notwithstanding the inhibition against students
under 16 years of age. The counties represented are as follows:
Bertie, 19; Beaufort, 8; Bladen, 1; Chowan, 2; Columbus, 1; Dare,
1; Edgecombe, 15; Gates, 3; Halifax, 9; Hertford, 1; Lenoir, 1;
Greene, 1; Martin, 16; Pitt, 8; Nash, 1; Northampton, 2; Pamlico,
1; Tyrrell, 1; Greene, 1; New Hanover, 2; Washington, 45. As the
pioneer along educational lines in coastal Carolina, it is sus-
taining its place as the central figure around which all Eastern
schools revolve. To the Local Board of Directors is due much
credit for the phenomenal success of our work. Taking charge of
this work with cm earnest desire to promote the best interests of
my people, I have worked for results that would be gratifying to
every lover of our Carolina. The education of the hand is very

Superintendent of Public Instruction. 77

necessary, hence, the Local Board at once aided us in opening the
Sewing Department, which proved to be a stimulus to our work.
The failure to receive any of the Peabody Fund has not discouraged
us in our purpose to encourage our people along industrial lines.
Located in the heart of the black belt region, and seeing the needs
of our people, away from the commercial centres, I shall work,
watch, pray and wait. We began this work with the hearty co-
operation and endorsement of the Local Board of Directors, and to
you I am grateful for encouragement during your incumbency of the
Superintendent's office. j.he session is pronounced the most suc-
cessful in the history of the School by all classes of our citizens.

During the last two weeks of the School an Institute was con-
ducted by the Faculty, assisted by Principal Simeon A. Smith, of
Wilson Graded School.

Institute and Normal Enrollment, 171; of Normal School enroll-
ment eighty-seven (87) are teachers. .Normal and Institute enroll-
ment of public school teachers was 119. It is a pleasure to note that
during the session County Superintendent B. F. Hassell delivered a
very inspiring address to students and teachers.

The following will give you an insight as to daily attendance:
September, October, daily per cent of enrollment, 15; November,
December, .January, February, 43 per cent; March, April, May to
June 7th, 37 % per cent. A majority of our students are poorly
prepared, for the reason that there are no well-equipped schools in
this section that would serve as feeders. It is the aim, however to
give the student a teacher's view of each subject, to the end that
he may be most efficient in the education of others. Scholarship,
knowledge of the special principles of education, and skill in
teaching, these are the ends, but to make them efficient there must
be high character. The atmosphere and discipline of the School
are such as to promote or influence the aspirations of students, to
advance the standard of teaching, to elevate the teacher, and through
the teacher and his work promote the interests of the State by
securing a higher and nobler type of citizenship, and a general ad-
vance of the intelligence, morality and culture of the pecple. In
concluding my report of the twentieth annual session of the Ply-
mouth State Normal, permit me, in behalf of thousands of my peo-
ple, to plead for the retention of this beacon light to our people in
the East.

See report of Treasurer and Catalogue of 1899 and 1900 for fur-
ther particulars. We thank you personally for your interest in our

Very respectfully, Chas. M. Eppes,

Supt. Plymouth State Normal School.

78 • Biennial Report of the

Report of Treasurer of Plymouth Normal School.
1900. receipts.

Aug. 6. Amount on hand $195.71

By Auditor's warrant 500.00


Jan. 2. Auditor's warrant 500.00

Feb. 11. Auditor's warrant 857.15



Paid to teachers, salaries for the session 1,670.00

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