Deportment Certificate for Mollie B. Amiss, issued by District of Columbia Public SchoolsJune 1878


Education certificate or large reward of merit from the District of Columbia Public Schools inE June of 1878. The certificate has an engraving of a man standing next to a rock with an obelisk in the background. This was given to Mollie B. Amiss for Deportment, meaning her behavior, conduct and manners were presumably exemplary. The certificate was signed by her teacher, May L. Woodworth.

Amiss was roughly eight years old when this certificate was issued. She was one of five children, and her father was a policeman. At the age of twenty, she married (source for this, occupation? Next look up woodworth)

This certificate was also signed by the district superintendent, J. Ormond Wilson. Wilson’s position reflects the increased availability of educational leadership positions for men. While both student and teacher were women, their district was evidently overseen by men. Furthermore, Wilson became the district superintendent as early as 1871, which indicates his long-standing leadership before this certificate was signed.

Date Made: June 1878

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift og Bill Skerritt

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2003.3019.01Nonaccession Number: 2003.3019Catalog Number: 2003.3019.01

Object Name: Education Certificate

Measurements: overall: 30.25 cm x 21.5 cm; 11 29/32 in x 8 15/32 in


Record Id: nmah_1195060

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