SUB-ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER'S (OR AGENT) MONTHLY REPORT
on Education of Freedmen and Refugees in Sub-District, State of Florida in charge of Bat. Maj. R. Comba USA
for the Month of January 1868, [in accordance with order contained in Circular No. 5 Bureau R., F. & A.L.]


1. Name of your Sub District? Sixth Mil. Sub District (Hillsborough, Hernando, Sumpter, Polk, Manatee, and Monroe Counties

2. Whole number of Refugee or Freedmen's Schools in the District? None Day? None Night? One Sabbath?

3. Location of Schools? Brooksville, Hernando County

4. Whole number of Teachers? None White? One Colored? Rev. of Ch. Roberts Colored Preacher, Teacher Sunday School in his Church

5. Name and post-office address of Day School Teacher?

6. Whole number of School-houses for Freedmen in your District? Their condition, capacity, value, and by whom owned?

7. Number of your visits to Schools? None Day? None Night? None Sabbath? Brooksville is fifty miles from any station with means of transportation on hand

8. Number of educational meetings held by you during the month? None Where?

9. Number and names of places, now destitute, in which Day-Schools might be organized? The City of Tampa, Brooksville and Hernando County

10. Number of pupils (estimated) who would attend such Schools? 140 One Hundred and forty About Seventy at each place

11. Amount which would probably be raised by the Freedmen, for school purposes, in each destitute neighborhood? Freedmen are unable to raise any funds, at present, but say they will give their Labor to erect School Houses

12. What efforts are you making to secure the support of schools by pupils, parents, boards of education, or the State Government? There are no Schools Organized within my District and my Efforts up to this time have been fruitless, there is not a White man or Woman in the Dist. who are Competent to teach School, that are willing to do so, that is a freedmans School

13. Whole number of additional School-houses, for Freedmen, now wanted in your Sub-District?

14. Could you organize your Sub-District into School Districts, each with a School Committee pledged to carry on schools therein? I can, and have organized School Societies in Tampa and Brooksville, but they cannot raise means to purchase School lots and they find it impossible to establish Schools of any kind without Competent Teachers, and they cannot be found here.

15. To what extent would help from without be needed in such cases? A paid Teacher, to purchase Lots, and erect School houses, the greater part of the labor of erecting School Houses would be performed by the freemen.

16. What is the public sentiment as to the education of the Freedmen and Poor Whites? There is a strong prejudice against Educating the freedmen, as to the poor whites they do not appear to deserve the (illegible) of their non fortunate neighbors, so that if they were able to pay for their schooling, they would, not be interfered with, But no assistance is furnished so that they are as badly off as the freedmen in the matter of Education.

17. Are Night-Schools for Adults needed in your District? Yes In what way would they be carried on? One is required at Tampa, it could be superintended by the Teacher of the day Schools if one were established, the night Schools could afford to pay a reasonable tuition, from 25 to 30 could attend.

18. What more can this Bureau do for educating the children of Refugees (or Poor Whites)? At least one free School is needed in each County open to persons of all color, after a Short time I think such School could be made self sustaining or nearly so.

19. How long will Northern-charitable aid be needed for Freemen and Refugee Schooled of your District? There never have been any such Schools within this Dist. to my knowledge and cannot say how the people would avail themselves of what assistance they would give were such Schools organized


I hereby certify, on honor, that I have given person attention to the matters herein named, and that the answers given are according to my best knowledge and belief, correct.

(Signed) Rich Comba
Sub-Asst. Com., Bureau R.,F., & A.L.

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