reprinted from old photography books, magazines, and newspapers.
Our history, warts and all.
by James Russell Lowell
. . .New occasions teach new duties; Time makes ancient good uncouth;
They must upward still, and onward, who would keep abreast of Truth;
Lo, before us gleam her campfires? We ourselves must Pilgrims be,
Launch our Mayflower, and steer boldly through the desperate winter sea,
Nor attempt the Future's portal with the Past's blood-rusted key.
In public school No. 3, Brooklyn, N.Y., Miss Rosa Taylor, a colored girl, completed the course in six and one-half years (a thing which has not been done since the founding of the school 250 years ago), and took the bronze medal in the spelling bee.
In the same school Miss Marion Allen, a daughter of Mrs. William Trotman, took the silver medal for proficiency in German at the midyear promotion.
There were 108 pupils in the class and eighteen of them were of German descent. The silver medal was the highest honor and was given by the German-American National Bund.
The German gentleman who presented the medal nearly lost his breath when he saw the little colored girl of 14 years who took it.
These two were the only prizes offered and they were taken by the only two colored pupils in the class. The audience of 5,000 roared in applause.
Magazine and Photograph
"Education."The Crisis, March 1912, 215.