UGRR Sites » Site of the School for the Deaf or Blind African American Children
From 1858-61, Dr. P.H. Skinner and his wife Jarusha Skinner kept a school here for African American children who were deaf, mute, or blind, espousing ideals of equality and abolitionism. The school published and printed The Mute and the Blind, an abolitionist newspaper. Students helped to run the printing press, and proceeds from the paper were used to support the school. The Skinner School for Colored Deaf, Dumb and Blind Children is one of the most remarkable institutions in the Heritage Area, unique in the U.S. for focusing on African American children—many of them born in Canada—who were deaf, dumb, or blind.
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