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Woodstock Manual Labor Institute

Prior Foster founded the Woodstock Manual Labor Institute in 1844 in Addison, Lenawee County, Michigan. The Committee of Colored People of Massillon, Ohio gave him money to establish a school for African American students, believing that Michigan was more hospitable to blacks than Ohio due to a recent increase in racial mob violence. Although the school’s charter suggests that it was an integrated school, in practice the institute catered to the African American community in rural Michigan. The school remained open until the end of the Civil War.

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