|Meta Chestnutt Sager (1863-1948)|
In the following poem by Meta Chestnutt, the pioneer educator makes clear her theology and conviction regarding co-education:
We stand on the open prairie,
Our grounds ten acres broad;
Minco to southward and eastward,
Along the Rock Island Railroad.
The site in the Chickasaw Nation,
Three miles from O.T. line;
Looks out over boundless prairies,
Where browse the lowing kine.
The work which our school proposes
Invites the girl and boy,
God gave them both in one family,
Shall man that union destroy?
Away the fad of temptation,
That co-education defiles;
Is the rose less pure and fragrant
Because of the thorn by its side.
Then welcome the youth of both sexes,
Change not heaven's eternal decree;
But side by side in life's conflict,
Till ended, their mission be.
|El Meta Christian College in Minco, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, c. 1898|