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  • John Motley Moorehead sees a need for change
  • I'm John Motley Moorehead and I agree with William D. Cooke, we could use a school for the disabled.
  • John pushes for a disabled school in Raleigh
  • That is why I believe we should have a school for the disabled.
  • Interesting...
  • John's school is approved and built
  • I couldn't be happier!
  • William D. Cooke, the head of Virginia’s School for Deaf and Dumb Instruction in Staunton wrote a leteter to Governor John Motley Morehead suggesting that North Carolina could start a school of its own.  Morehead was a known supporter of education and people with disabilities. Morehead decided to discuss it in Raleigh at his next annual meeting.
  • At his next annual meeting he gains the support of the Presbyterian Synod and state Legislature. "On January 8, 1845, the legislature approved an act “to provide for the education of the poor and destitute deaf-mutes and blind persons in this state.”". Finally Four months later the school opened two blocks west of the Capitol in Raleigh.
  • There were four teachers and 23 deaf students between the ages of 8 and 32. The pupils were taught things such as reading, writing, mathematics, history, geography, the arts, and information in the Bible. 
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