Friends of Brownsville School

$75,000 goal

Campaign created 7 months ago
Created June 3, 2018
29895910_15263901960_r.jpeg   1840's Brownsville School,  Calvin Twp Michigan

In 1827 the State of Michigan ordered a school to be built for every 50 families.  Brownsville School #1 was built in the early to mid-1840's in Calvin Township, Michigan.  Black and white children went to school here from the time it was opened until it closed in 1957.  Could it be the first integrated public school? 

The reason for this is because a large Quaker and free black population in the area were involved in the Underground Railroad (UGRR) and it became a safe haven for free blacks and fugitive slaves (now called freedom seekers).  It is said that over 1500 freedom seekers traveled through Cass County on their way to safety in Canada from 1840 to 1860.  Many stayed in the area and prosperedBy 1860 there are many black owned farms noted on the  Cass County map.  

Brownsville School has been donated to the Underground Railroad Society of Cass County Michigan.  URSCC must move the school to their property where it will sit next to the James E. Bonine Carriage House, a station on the Underground Railroad.29895910_15263901430_r.jpeg        James E. Bonine Carriage House, Vandalia MI

Brownsville School will be restored as a classroom with desks and light fixtures from other one room schools in the area--it already has the original chalkboards.
    --inside Brownsville School (used for storing grain)

Brownsville School will be restored and used to demonstrate 1840's education on the Michigan prairie.  It will also house photos and artifacts from other integrated one room schools in the area.  It will be a wonderful addition to the URSCC campus that includes the Bonine House across the street, home of stationmasters James E. and Sarah Bonine.
29895910_15263904970_r.jpegJames E and Sarah Bogue Bonine House, Vandalia, MI


All donations are tax deductible, you will receive a tax receipt automatically.  There are many more photos of Brownsville school on our website  www.urscc.org 

You can learn more about URSCC and the Underground Railroad in Cass County Michigan on our website www.urscc.org

You can donate to the restoration of the Bonine House and Carriage House on www.gofundme.com/boninerestoration

                                                      Thank  you very much!

The Underground Railroad Society of Cass County MI
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$75,000 goal

Campaign created 7 months ago
Created June 3, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
Underground Railroad Society of Cass County (Friends of the B...
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Vandalia, MI
EIN: 300574281
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