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Formerly titled African Free School No. 1 until 1850 when the Board of Education of the City of Brooklyn gained control over all public schools and changed its name, Colored School No. 1 was a school designated for black students[1]. Much after its absorption into the school system of the City of New York, and Colored School No. 1 was renamed Public School 67, the school adopted the name of Charles A. Dorsey. Charles A. Dorsey was a black man who taught at and eventually became the principal of Colored School No. 1 in 1863 by the young age of 27[2]. A well known member of Black Brooklyn for her parents’ maintenance of a station on the Underground Railroad, Maritcha Remond Lyons was also a teacher at Colored School No. 1 while Charles A. Dorsey was the principal.

The young woman who volunteered to be apart of this site of memory was blown away by the rich history of Black Brooklyn. Having no idea that the Underground Railroad even ran through this borough, she asked many questions pertaining to abolition and race-based segregation in education, and was thrilled to have stood between two legendary black women such as Maritcha Remond Lyons and Harriet Tubman.


[1] http://archives.nypl.org/scm/20890
[2] Colored School No. 1 Box 1, Folder “Renaming PS 67 to Charles A. Dorsey School” and Folder “History”; http://www.brownstoner.com/architecture/building-of-the-271/