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Reverend Jack Yates and two missionaries, Jennie L. Peck and Florence Dysart, founded The Baptist Academy at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in 1885. The Baptist Academy provided opportunities for the former slaves to help them learn about God and develop educationally, economically, and socially. The freed African Americans learned how to read, write, and basic math. The academy also taught trades which enabled the former slaves to become business owners.
The Baptist Academy later became Houston College. The Houston College was the forerunner of Texas Southern University, the Colored College which was established in 1927 to provide an opportunity for African-Americans to receive college training.
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