JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
October 31, 1890
If there is any young colored man in the South whom we find to have a talent for art or literature, or any special aptitude for study, we are willing to give him money from the education funds to send him to Europe or give him advanced education but hitherto their chief and almost only gift has been that of oratory.
What you find as historical students, as to their condition in the South, especially in the black belt, is surely not encouraging. They are seen most favorably in what is called the Virginia land district of Ohio. This tract of land, between the Scioto, Little Miami, and Ohio rivers, was granted by the state of Virginia to its officers in the revolutionary war, many of whom settled there with their slaves. Most of these were freed and have increased rapidly with a corresponding increase in education. A careful examination of that region will show a considerable advance in the good qualities of civilization and proper appreciation of citizenship.
But I do not despair of the other Negros, but am rather hopeful of their being uplifted in the future.