1881 School for Vagrant Children

  • Hester How

    Hester How in her classroom

    In 1880, James Hughes recommended the formation of one central class solely for confirmed truants. A school room on Centre Street was provided by Mr. W.H. Howland and his associates at Grace Church Mission on condition that the Board appoint a teacher. The total number of students registered at the new school was 77 with an average attendance of 34. Hester How was appointed teacher. Several of the children were homeless and some of them had frequently been arrested for theft and other crimes.

    J.W.L. Forster

    Oil on canvas

    2012.X.230

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    Painting of an older woman with grey hair in bun wearing black dress with white lace blouse