The National Council of Colored People is founded in New York.
1853 (Jul 6-8)
The National Council of Colored People was founded in Rochester, New York. An outgrowth of the antebellum Negro Convention movement, the new organization was formed as a permanent body to advance the cause of Black Americans. A notable feature of the Rochester convention was a proposal to erect a national industrial school for the race. The institution was to be financed by the issuance of $50,000 worth of stock in shares of ten dollars each, through the sale of scholarships "at judicious rates," and by the raising of a $100,000 endowment. The school was to be co-educational and was to be governed by a board of trustees, consisting of residents of the state wherein the institution was located. The sponsors of the measure, which was never implemented, hoped that the education of Black American youths would give them means of success adapted to their struggling condition; and ere long, following the enterprise of the age to see them filling everywhere positions of responsibility and trust, and gliding on the triple tide of wealth, intelligence, and virtue, reach eventually to a sure resting place of distinction and happiness.