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did many other girls. Pa would send for us Friday evening and send us back to boarding house Sunday evening. The distance was a little over six miles.

The next year the citizens of our community undertook to build an academy near home. Mr. Goldberg, an Israelite, who had been educated for a Rabbi but who was converted to the Christian religion, and a Presbyterian minister, was employed as teacher by the planters for several miles around.

After that we attended the school of Mr. Featherstone at Boston (now known as Old Boston).

My husband, when a boy, went to school to Mr. Anderson. Later he attended McKenzie College three miles southwest of Clarksville. After that he attended medical college in Lexington, Kentucky, then Philadelphia, then New York, where he graduated just before the Civil War. He entered the Confederate Army in North Virginia in 1861.

The fact that all people had to pay for their schooling caused the children of the planters and slave owners to have better opportunity for education than those who owned no Negroes. These children were also thrown together in schools and academies and became better acquainted. This naturally led to two classes of white people in the country before the war.

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The History of Clarksville and Old Red River County
Pat B. Clark   1937