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A School for Pompey Walker

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Pompey Walker dreams of going to school, but as a slave in the 1830s, this is only a dream, until slavery-hating Jeremiah Walker, son-in-law of the plantation owner, buys Pompey’s freedom. Together, they devise and carry out a plan to get money to found a school for black children. Inspired by a newspaper account of an Ohio man’s experiences, as well as the recollections ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 15th 1995 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Alex Blose
Oct 16, 2011 Alex Blose rated it really liked it
Pompey Walker, or Pompey Bibb as he was formerly known, has been a slave ever since he can remember. The whipping, starving and working from sunrise to sunset are all Pompey has ever known. One day as he is working out on the fields, he hears the plantation owners daughter teaching school lessons to the white students. Pompey overhears these lessons each day and learns little by little each day until the schoolteacher suddenly passes away. Pompey is later sold and bought by his previous ...more
Vannessa Anderson
Sep 28, 2016 Vannessa Anderson rated it really liked it
Pompey Walker was born a slave. He remembered, at the age of three, feeding from his mother, Eulalie Bibb, while she picked planter Mr. Charles Bibb's cotton. The only name Pompey knew was Pompey given to him by his slave-master.

Pompey was invited to tell the story of his life to a group of school children. He told the story of how he built a school.

A School for Pompey Walker was a fascinating read that will hold children spellbound. It is an well written story about slavery.
Anne Broyles
Oct 27, 2008 Anne Broyles rated it liked it
A fascinating story and vibrant illustrations, but for me, the story's structure lacked immediacy because it is Pompey as an old man telling his life story
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