Catto Enrolls in the Institute for Colored Youth Timelines: The Catto Years

Catto enrolls in the Institute for Colored Youth (ICY) which offered classical subjects including Latin, Greek, geometry, trigonometry and oratory. Under the leadership of its principals, Charles Reason and Ebenezer Bassett, the school grows the intellectual and social curiosity of its students by bringing in leading black intellectuals and other leaders to engage them. The school was a magnet for students from black middle class and elites families. It was these families, who could afford the tuition or permit their children the time to attend school. Less fortunate families needed their children to work to help support their families.