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The U.S. Congress funds "separate but equal" schools for black children in the District of Columbia

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The House was voting on a provision to provide funding for education in the District of Columbia.  Representatives determined that African-Americans in the district would be provided with seperate schools, funded according to the percentage of black children amongst the total children provided for under the bill.  The final bill passed both houses of Congress without a division.   (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Edward McPherson, The Political History of the United States of America, during the Great Rebellion.... (Washington DC: Philp and Solomons, 1865), 244.