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Girls' Industrial School inmates doing laundry
Description: Girls' Industrial School inmates in the school laundry, 1919. The purpose of the school was "the reformation of exposed, helpless, evil disposed, and vicious girls." In 1878, the term "incorrigible" was added. A five-member board of trustees purchased a piece of property known as the Ohio White Sulphur Springs Resort, eighteen miles north of Columbus. The first six girls were admitted to the school in October 1869. The inmates spent their mornings performing domestic chores. They also learned various vocational trades, including basket-making, music, sewing, and stenography. In the afternoons, the girls attended school, where they studied, reading, writing, spelling, arithmetic, geography, literature, and United States history among other topics. The girls remained at the school until they reached seventeen years of age or completed their sentence. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL00206
Subjects: Delaware (Ohio); Women--Education - Ohio; Multicultural Ohio--African American Ohioans; Ohio History--State and Local Government--Corrections
Places: Delaware (Ohio); Delaware County (Ohio)