The South had been neglected according to the Portsmouth Star. The newspaper
accused the US, then in the middle of war with Spain, of being reluctant to spend any
more of the government's money in the South than has seemed absolutely necessary.
The US would regret spending so little on the South especially when the majority of the
war was being fought on the front...
In the Portsmouth Star, Superintendent John C. Ashton reported the public
school demographics for the year ending July 31, 1894. The school year was in session
for 195 days in three districts. There was racial segregation at this point with seventeen
schools for white children and seven for colored children. There were a total of 3,610
school-aged children and of...