Manumit Fire

Manumit Fire

According to the fund appeal letter from the Manumit Board Fund Committee dated January 27, 1944 (quoted here in part): “On October 25th last, the newest and most important of the Manumit School buildings was completely destroyed by fire, originating from spontaneous combustion in the winter’s supply of coal. Though the fire got underway before dawn, the children in the building were roused and marched to safety. All furnishings, books, administrative records, office equipment and clothing were lost.”Classes and activities have continued despite the fire, but the school is severely handicapped by lack of adequate space. “The lost building contained offices for the director, secretary, treasurer, and business manager, a common room for assembly, music, games and social gatherings, the apartment of the director, wife and child, living quarters for several teachers, counselors and members of the kitchen staff, one class room, the staff’s social room, and a dormitory housing eight boys aged 5 to 7. The building and furnishings were only partially covered by insurances.”