1811. On this day, April 5 in Gloucester, England, Robert Raikes, an English philanthropist and Anglican layman generally regarded as the founder of the modern Sunday school movement. bid farewell to this world. The original schedule for the schools, as written by Raikes was;
"The children were to come after ten in the morning, and stay till twelve; they were then to go home and return at one; and after reading a lesson, they were to be conducted to Church. After Church, they were to be employed in repeating the catechism till after five, and then dismissed, with an injunction to go home without making a noise." [Moses, Montrose J. (1907). Children's Books and Reading. New York: Mitchell Kennerley. p. 103.]
Photo in public domain. Source; W. J. Townsend, H. B. Workman and George Eayrs - A New History of Methodism, Edited by W. J. Townsend, H. B. Workman and George Eayrs. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1909.
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