First freedmen bureau school
The Freedmen's Bureau established the first colored school in Anne Arundel County in 1865. This school was supported by federal funds and closed in 1870. According to written, oral history and other historical document that the school did not cease to operate until between the years of 1906-1920's. The school continued to educated the local children in the Mill Swamp area according to oral and written statements. In 1870 when President Andrew Johnson vetoed the bill that would have continued and increased the powers of the Freedmen's Bureau.
The federal funding ceased and the local churches and the residents in the community had to provide funding to continue to operate and maintain the school. The first known teacher was sent from Mocksville,North Carolina was Reverend J. B. Swann. Reverend Swann documents this history. He documents his journey from a slave boy and much of his life and his family history. He was born into slavery in Nashville,Tennesee on December 25,1831 and the former slave and teacher attended Lincoln University and became a ordained Presbyterian Minister. He died on October 31,1925 and is interred in a small family cemetery in Anne Arundel County.
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Holt Family History
It is certain that one of the known family founders of the Holt family was Phil Holt who lived in Calvert County. That was one oral history recollection. The other version supports that Phil and his brother migrated from Pennsylvania into Southern Maryland by way of the Patuxent River.
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