“Here begins the history of things known only to those who have bid the American shores a long adieu….” Betsey Stockton was born into slavery; she was given books and was allowed to attend evening classes at Princeton Theological Seminary and was later freed. She was a missionary to Hawai‘i. “Two weeks after we arrived at the islands, we were sent to this place, which is considered the best part of the whole. The productions are melons, bananas, sweet potatoes, &c. (Lahaina)”
“It was there, as (Betsey said,) that she opened a school for the common people which was certainly the first of the kind in Maui and probably the first in all Hawaii; for at the beginning the missionaries were chiefly engaged in the instructions of the chiefs and their families.” Betsey Stockton set a new direction for education in the Islands. After residing in Hawaii for over two years, Betsey Stockton relocated to Cooperstown, New York.