Sunday, January 4, 1863.
he cam i was delighted to see him i did not go to church in the morning very good Discours in the afternoon Dave was down we had a full choir bible class at gertrudes very interresting
quite Pleasent to day Nellie was up a little while reading went away this morning singing school begins tonight we all went down several strangers were there i was quite mortified to see so few
out we did not do any business very dull to day raining in the afternoon i went down home heard som good news Tom is here i went to meeting very
Emilie attended the Institute for Colored Youth (ICY), a coeducational Quaker institution opened in 1837 and located on 900 block of Bainbridge Street. The ICY included preparatory and high school for boys and girls and focused on training African American teachers. Although the original funds were provided by white Quakers, the school was staffed and run by men and women of color. The 1863 school term began January 5, 1863. The students, including Emilie and many of her friends mentioned in the diary, attended school every Monday evening until May 25, 1863.Conyers, A Living Legend, 16-23 “Annual Report of the Managers of the Institute for Colored Youth,” The Christian Recorder, October 8, 1864.
On Tuesdays, church members held meetings at their homes, including the Bustills, Whites, Gibbs, and Browns. Emilie regretted those rare occasions when she had to miss Tuesday meeting, like in the summer months when work took her away from the city. On Tuesday, May 15, 1864, she writes, “we had a real old time Prayer meeting.”