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CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Spotlight on Goffe Street Special School For Colored Children

Designed by noted architect Henry Austin and built in 1864, the Goffe Street Special School for Colored Children at 106 Goffe Street is an important New Haven landmark in African-American history. Funds for the Goffe Strret School’s construction were donated by prominent local residents including Mary Lucas Hillhouse, daughter of James Hillhouse.

The Goffe Street School was founded to enrich “the intellectual and moral well-being of colored people in the Town of New Haven and especially of their children…for the elevation and benefit of the class among us, particularly in view of the fact that they have been less favored than others.” The school offered evening classes until 1874 after which African-American children were able to attend previously all-white public schools.

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