Steamboat School is wonderful
picture book that highlights yet another little known Black History fact. It tells the story of the courageous and
determined Reverend John Berry Meachum who ran a school on a steamboat that
sailed up and down the Mississippi River. The story begins with young James, a free
black growing up in Missouri during the 1840s.
While attending Reverend John’s school in the basement of a church, with
only candle lights to see, James comes face-to-face with the harsh reality of
the 1847 Missouri law which made it illegal to educate any Blacks (slave or
free) in the state. Author Deborah Hopkinson and illustrator Ron Husband have create an inspirational must-read
with Steamboat School.