1866 - Board of Education

The early 1800's saw a huge effort by several denominations in America to create educational opportunities - for their leadership, emerging clergy, and Christian education in general.  

In 1866, as a part of celebrating 100 years of Methodism in the United States, Methodists responded to this explosion of schools with the creation of a Board of Education. 150 years later the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry continues to offer a clear focus and vision for education across a worldwide spectrum of Methodist constituents.

In addition to the mandate for a Board of Education, there was also a concern about how Christian education might be offered to the freed slaves and the children of our country. In 1866 the Freedman’s Aid Society emerged in response to the crushing human need and responsibility to care for those who had been enslaved.

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