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The little-known story of the last all black, publicly funded, co-educational boarding school North of the Mason-Dixon Line. In a segregated society, The Bordentown School was an educational utopia and cultural oasis for black citizens in the Northeast and beyond. Forced to close in 1955 after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, the story of Bordentown is also the story of black education in America, across three centuries.
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Glad to Know It!

My big brother spoted this DVD in the Jet's Editors' picks of the week. He sent me a copy and I just ordered two copies for us to enjoy and share with our...Read complete review

My big brother spoted this DVD in the Jet's Editors' picks of the week. He sent me a copy and I just ordered two copies for us to enjoy and share with our grandchildren.

Our mother passed some 17 years ago, but we remember her talking about attending Bordentown. She was the young girl on the end of the first line of the graduation picture of the Class of 1940 (Charlotte German).

We never realized the impact this school had on African-American history. Nor did we realize what extraordinary effort our grandmother went to to ensure our mother received such a fine educational opportunity for her daughter to attend this school. However, we do now!

We both remember our mother talking about her fond memories of going to Bordentown. In fact she continued to speak of her acdemic experiences until her death. It was a privilage to attend the school and she had such pride out traveling between NYC and Baltimore to visit family when school was out.

Unfortuntely we missed the airing on PBS, so we'll be sure her grandchildren and great grandchildren learn about another little-known story of the last all black publicly funded, co-ed bording school.

This is a wonderful way to remember her and teach our grandchildren about her history. We truly appreciate the efforts it took to produce and sharing this piece of history with America. And by the rating others do too. Good Job PBS & JET!!

Thanks a BILLION!

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Very true.

Very informative. During the period of "Bordentown there were several simular schools. Do you have further information re: those schools; Rock Castle, in VA, Downningtown, in PA, The Lincoln...Read complete review

Very informative. During the period of "Bordentown there were several simular schools. Do you have further information re: those schools; Rock Castle, in VA, Downningtown, in PA, The Lincoln School, in GA, among others.

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5.0

My Home

By Charlie Griffin

from Maryland

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Comments about PBS A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School DVD:

I was born in Trenton, NJ in 1950. Bordentown (Manual Training) School, "Old Ironsides," was my home for the first five years of my life. My father, Malcolm R. Chaires, Sr. was a teacher and groundskeeper at the school from 1949 until the it closed as a prep school for Negro students in 1955. After that, the state of New Jersey maintained it as an institution for special needs children. He continued to work there until he retired in 1989.

I have so many fond memories of the campus. It was a child's paradise. A lot of the faculty and their families lived on the campus, and I was fortunate enough to inhabit one of them. I would play in the orchards, the chapel and the farm. I used to love to watch the pigs get "slopped." Their frenzied feeding fascinated me. I would often fall asleep in the fields, and Leander Roberts or Skip Spurlock or one of the students would find me and carry me home, with a head full of ticks, to my frantic mother. My best friends were Tony Lett and Brenda Hampton, also children of faculty. Mrs. Hampton, God bless her, would pick the ticks out of my head and burn them. I can still remember sitting in her kitchen while she picked through my tender head.

I also remember a young man who used to babysit my brother and me. We called him "Bose." I was only about three or four years old, but I remember him vividly. He was the sweetest boy. I remember I was too embarrassed to let him know I needed to go to the bathroom; I was a very modest child. Well, nature took it's course, and I peed the bed. Bless his heart, he changed my clothes and took the soiled linens off the bed and propped the mattress up to air dry. I got to sleep in the top bunk bed with my brother. Hooray!! Anyway, years later I asked my father what ever happened to "Bose." And it was at that time I leaned we were mispronouncing his name. Daddy said his name was "Bost. If anyone reading this knows who I'm talking about, please comment. I would love to get in touch with him if he's still with us.

A few years ago I visited the old campus. It's just a shadow of what it used to be. Gone are the orchards, the lovely gardens, flowers, the homes. Made my heart ache. I'm so glad my daddy was an avid photograher. I have many many pictures of the students and campus. I even have some of the original year books.

This is a good history of Old Ironsides, and I salute PBS and its producers for making this documentary. It should be used as a teaching aid in all schools, espcially those in Bordentown and New Jersey.

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5.0

A great example.

By cateyez

from Raleigh, NC

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Comments about PBS A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School DVD:

This information should be used as a model today for the current educational system today-especially pertaining to African American children.

 
5.0

Education at it's best

By Reds

from Miami, Fl

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Comments about PBS A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School DVD:

Loved the discipline, the pride and the ability to get the job done of educating our young people no matter the color. Love it immensely- I never knew that such a school existed.

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4.0

A History Fact Everyone Should Know

By aplace_inthesun

from Southern NJ

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Comments about PBS A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School DVD:

My only complaint is that the story was not longer. The sense of community pride is so compelling, I would love to have attended such an istitution.

 
3.0

Very true.

By Mel

from Fort Lincoln

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Comments about PBS A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School DVD:

Very informative. During the period of "Bordentown there were several simular schools. Do you have further information re: those schools; Rock Castle, in VA, Downningtown, in PA, The Lincoln School, in GA, among others.

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