African-American Old Age Homes Discussion/ Feb 1998


Query From Sara Shoenfeld sshoenfe@lynx.dac.neu.edu 18 Feb 1998

I'm writing an MA thesis on The Home for Aged Colored Women, est in Boston in 1861 by a grp of well-to-do Bostonians, men and women, almost all of them white.

While I know there has been some work done on 'self-help' orgs est by African American women, do others know of homes that were run by whites but whose residents had to be African American? I know there were schools and orphanages like this but I am particularly interested in whether anyone knows of other old age homes like this. (besides the one in Philly run by Quakers on which a book has been written).

Responses:

From Carol Faulkner BC70090@bingvmb.cc.binghamton.edu 19 Feb 1998

There was a home established in Washington D.C. after the Civil War called the Home for Aged Colored Women and Children. It was part of a network of charities including the Freedmen's Village that received the support of the Freedman Bureau. I believe it was founded and run by white women. I don't think anything has been written on it. You may want to check John Allan Johnston's book on Washington, D.C. or any of the books, including _The Secret City_ by Constance Green. I know of this institution from the Freedmen's Bureau papers.

From Lee Whitfield@110523.512@compuserve.com 19 Feb 1998

You might want to contact Jim and Lois Horton who did "Black Bostonians." They are at "Horton@gwis2.circ.gwu.edu" They probably have a sense of who has done what, if they can't help themselves.