January 12, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

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The current exhibit at the Austin History Center, Making the Grade - Austin’s First Public Schools includes some precious nuggets of information. In the early days of segregated education, the church was enlisted to serve the African American community. The Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, shown in its earlier building dating from the 1880’s, was one of two primary schools for African American students.

Long before debates about charter schools or Christian education, it is interesting to note that the church promoted public education during a time when City leaders would or could not.

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