A School for Pompey Walker

By Michael J. Rosen; Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson (Illustrator)
(Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152001148, 48pp.)

Publication Date: September 1995

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Pompey Walker dreams of going to school, but as a slave in the 1830s, this is only a dream, until slavery-hating Jeremiah Walker, son-in-law of the plantation owner, buys Pompey’s freedom. Together, they devise and carry out a plan to get money to found a school for black children. Inspired by a newspaper account of an Ohio man’s experiences, as well as the recollections of former slaves, this tale recounts an unforgettable and harrowing journey of the human spirit.

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