that it grew to a size to warrant four assistant teachers and that
transferred to the Fifth St. Church, it operated until public schools
Rev. Adams, showed keen interest in all levels of education. He
was responsible for organization of the state Baptist Convention in 1865
Which from its establishment evinoed enthusiasm for education which cul-
minated in the development of State Baptist University. Rev. Adams did
not live to see the fruition of his labors for he died November 3, 1873.
A similar pioneer was Mr. William H. Gibson although unlike Rev.
Adams, he lived to see the fruition of their labors Born in Baltimore,
Maryland and educated in private schools and under the tutelage of pri-
vate instructors Mr. gibson came to Louisville in 1847. He associated
himself with Mr. Robert M. Lane's school for six months then opened his
own school in the basement of the Fourth Street Methodist Episcopal
Church (Asbury Chapel).Vith the exception of a brief time during the
Civil Wtar he operated a school at different churches.
Mr. Gibson was in the vanguard of those who worked for the esta-
6lishment of free public schools for his race, and cooperated in memori-
alizing the Governor and the State legislature. Very active in the
first and second educational conventions in 1867 and 1869, he was a
leader in the establishment of the permanent educational districts in
the State, iwhen at the second convention he was made president of a
State Board to divide the state into school districts under the super-
vision of the Freedman's Bureau.
With the opening of public schools in 1870 Mr. Gibson closed his
school. In that year he accepted an appointment as railway mail agent.