Jackson Davis Collection of African American Educational Photographs
Virginia Education and the World:
Industrial Expositions and African American Education
Through these activities, you will learn about the "Industrial Training"method of education, who it was for, and what types of skills were learned through this form of education. You will also discover, through reading newspaper articles, how the products of this type of education were presented to the pubilc, and the response they received.
- You will first need to read a short paragraph that describes the industrial training method.
- You will need to read articles that describe the conditions and activities surrounding the Industrial Expositions being held in many cities all over the country.
Before begining your exploration into the world of Industrial training Expostioions, it is important that you read a brief paragraph which explains what the Industrial training method is, who it involves and when this training took place.
African-American schools often held industrial exhibits to which they invited white county residents and state and private-foundation officials. These events allowed school teachers and administrators to display student-made products and farming methods, in the hope of increasing school funding. State and foundation representatives often awarded prizes for the best products as a way to encourage African-American children to pursue industrial training.
After reading the brief description about the Industrial training Method, choose two of the articles provided, click on the picture of the article to read them, and then answer the following questions.
Article 3: "INVITES WHITE PEOPLE TO ATTEND EXPOSITION"
Article 4: "COLORED EVANGELIST PRAISES EXPOSTION"
- Make a poster advertising an Industrial exposition.
- Orginize your own exposition where you can present to classmates, teachers, and parents your skills and talents.