1869: Industrial School For Girls Chartered

The Connecticut Industrial School for Girls was meant to be a place of refuge for girls who were in need of a home, or girls that were deemed to have behavioral issues. This was one of the first reform schools in this area for girls. The girls were referred to as “vicious” at times when describing their behavior. Middletown appropriated fifteen hundred dollars on this day in 1869, in addition to a sum of ten thousand dollars already allocated to the school. Due to this, Middletown secured the location of the Connecticut Industrial School for Girls.

Story contributed by Kimberly Singh.

From Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
From Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, Nov. 19, 1881.


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