Petition #10381501


Twenty-nine members of the African School Society ask the state to pass an act for the Society's incorporation. The petitioners state that the Society has privately educated "the descendants of Africans" for several years and has established a seminary. Noting that "there are now upwards of thirty pupils," the petitioners point out that voluntary contributions have, up to now, been the source of their support. The members represent that the Society's purpose is to lessen the "deplorable ignorance, which characterises So great a portion of their colour, and disqualifies them from the more useful employments of life." As they believe said purpose can better be served "by their being invested with the powers and privileges of a corporate body," the petitioners pray that the Legislature may pass an act to "duly incorporate the members of the said African School Society."

Result: Senate: read, referred to committee; granted.

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Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware