Poor Schools (1834) The Forerunner of Public Schools

Poor Schools, the forerunner of public schools, were estab­lished by the General Assembly on December 21, 1833. The schools were for children of those parents financially unable to send them to a tuition school. The Liberty County Infer­ior Court was given the responsibility of setting up the schools, and collective farms when such help was needed. There were Poor Schools in Liberty County by the winter of 1834, but no collective farms were ever established in the county.