Freedmen Bureau Education Report of Sep 1868


on Education of Freedmen and Refugees in Sub-District, State of Florida in charge of Captain George S. Hollister

for the Month of September 1868, [in accordance with order contained in Circular No. 5 Bureau R., F. & A.L.]

1. Name of your Sub District? Sixth Mill Sub Dist. Embracing Hillsboro, Hernando, Polk & Manatee Counties

2. Whole number of Refugee or Freedmen’s Schools in the District?  One  Day? —-  Night?  One  Sabbath?

3. Location of Schools? City of Tampa Fla.

4. Whole number of Teachers?  —-  White? One Colored?  Competent to instruct in the Primary Branches only.

5. Name and post-office address of Day School Teacher?  James Roberts Tampa Fla.

6. Whole number of School-houses for Freedmen in your District? One    Their condition, capacity, value, and by whom owned?  In fair condition Capacity for Forty or Fifty Scholars.  Value not known- owned by the Freedman.

7. Number of your visits to Schools? —- Day? —- Night? —- Sabbath? 

8. Number of educational meetings held by you during the month? None Where?

9. Number and names of places, now destitute, in which Day-Schools might be organized? Brooksville Hernando Co. and Alifia- Hillsboro Co.

10. Number of pupils (estimated) who would attend such Schools? Sixty at Brooksville Forty at Alifia

11. Amount which would probably be raised by the Freedmen, for school purposes, in each destitute neighborhood? The freedmen are unable to raise any funds at present.

12. What efforts are you making to secure the support of schools by pupils, parents, boards of education, or the State Government? A School has been opened at Tampa during the present month the Parents of Pupils have agreed to support the school.  The Parents have failed to comply with their agreement and the school is now closed.

13. Whole number of additional School-houses, for Freedmen, now wanted in your Sub-District?  Two one at Tampa and one at Alifia

14. Could you organize your Sub-District into School Districts, each with a School Committee pledged to carry on schools therein?  School Societies are now- organized at Tampa and Brooksville & if Schools here were once properly organized at these places the Board of Trustees would do all they could.

15. To what extent would help from without be needed in such cases? Paid Teachers to purchase lots & erect School houses the most of the labor would be performed by the Freedman.

16. What is the public sentiment as to the education of the Freedmen and Poor Whites? I have heard no expression against the poor whites or Freedman but there is no provision made for Educating the children of those who are unable to pay.

17. Are Night-Schools for Adults needed in your District? —-   In what way would they be carried on? One at Tampa.  The teacher of the Day School could attend to it from 25 to 35 Scholars would attend.

18. What more can this Bureau do for educating the children of Refugees (or Poor Whites)? To establish a free school in each county open to persons of all color after a Short time such schools might be made self sustaining or nearly so.

19. How long will Northern-charitable aid be needed for Freemen and Refugee Schooled of your District?  Until the State makes some provisions for their support or until the people refered to take a more active interest in keeping up Schools among themselves than what they Exhibit at present.

I hereby certify, on honor, that I have given person attention to the matters herein named, and that the answers given are according to my best knowledge and belief, correct.

(Signed) George S. Hollister

Sub-Asst. Com., Bureau R.,F., & A.L.