U.S. School Clothes: Lincoln School (West Virginia, 1890s)


Figure 1.--This Lincoln School was founded (1866) after the Civil War. West Virginia was part of Virgina, but separated during the War and supported the Federal Government. Even so, after the War as they established a public school system, they segregated black and white children. The Lincoln Lincoln School was the African-American segregated school of Ohio County. Here we have a school portrait taken of a class and their teacher. The source suggest it was tajken in the 1880s. And the lack Fauntleroy paraphenalia might suggest the erly 18890s. The teacher's dress styles, epecially the destinctive puffed sleeves is a good indicator of the 1890s as are the knee-length knee pats. The length of the knee pabts, however, sucggets the portrit coukd have been taken in the 90s. Most of the boys wear suits. The girls wear long dresses, several have pinafores.

This Lincoln School was founded (1866) after the Civil War. West Virginia was part of Virgina, but separated during the War and supported the Federal Government. Even so, after the War as they established a public school system, they segregated black and white children. The Lincoln Lincoln School was the African-American segregated school of Ohio County. Here we have a school portrait taken of a class and their teacher. The source suggest it was tajken in the 1880s. And the lack Fauntleroy paraphenalia might suggest the erly 18890s. The teacher's dress styles, epecially the destinctive puffed sleeves is a good indicator of the 1890s as are the knee-length knee pats. The length of the knee pabts, however, sucggets the portrit coukd have been taken in the 90s. Most of the boys wear suits. The girls wear long dresses, several have pinafores. The children look to be about 10 years old which would mean 5th grade. The school remained segregated until the Supreme Court ruled segregated schools unconstituional (1954).







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