To know God, one must know the alphabet. This was the philosophy behind an effort to educate enslaved men, women, and children begun by the English clergyman Dr. Thomas Bray. With the support of Benjamin Franklin, he opened schools in several colonies, including in Fredericksburg and Williamsburg. The merchant Fielding Lewis ran the Fredericksburg school, while in Williamsburg the College of William and Mary played an important role. The school never had a permanent home in the city, operating out of various buildings and houses, including ones owned by Dudley Digges and John Blair Jr.
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