Ten weary travelers from Florida-eight Apalachicola Indian boys, an agent, and a servant-paused in the chill a Choctaw Academy came into view. The Indian school, standing on an elvated ridgetop overlooking the Kentucky countryside, appeared imposing. The Academy represented an institution of promise and potential, a school where young Indian boys could acquire the English language and Anglo-American values and custom for tribal benefit. In 1830, ninety-eight boys attended the Academy which, despite the name, was an intertribal school. Choctaws, Creeks, Potawatomies, Miamies, and Quapaws directed their education funds and promising students to Choctaw Academy. On Christmas Day, the eight Apalachicolas enrolled at the Academy for a three-year period. The boy typified many students at the school: they were very young, non-English speakers with no prior formal education. Their experience offer both a window into nineteenth-century Indian education at Choctaw Academy and a gauge of the school's success.
Drake, Ella Wells
"A Choctaw Academy Education,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 78:
3, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol78/iss3/3