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Angels of MercyWhite Women and the History of New York's Colored Orphan Asylum$
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William Seraile

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234196

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234196.001.0001

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Riverdale: Trials and Tribulations, 1923–36

Riverdale: Trials and Tribulations, 1923–36

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(p.158) 7 Riverdale: Trials and Tribulations, 1923–36
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Angels of Mercy
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William Seraile

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823234196.003.0008

The beginning of 1923 found the Colored Orphan Asylum in a financial crunch, an all-too-familiar situation. The boarding-out report for 1923 acknowledged both progress and problems. The boarding-out program had commenced in 1918, in Jamaica, Queens, with African American families who lived in frame houses with six rooms and a bath. Now, five years later, there were forty-four boarding homes on tree-lined suburban streets in South Jamaica. All the locations were in the western Long Island portion of New York City, close enough to be monitored by the asylum yet far enough from the crowded tenements of Harlem and its crime and temptations. The trustees had to search for more ways to educate and entertain their charges, as they kept admitting more neglected and dependent children. They were the first institution that the courts or the State Board of Charities called upon to admit African American children.

Keywords:   Colored Orphan Asylum, boarding-out report, boarding-out program, Jamaica, New York City, Harlem, trustees, State Board of Charities, African American children

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