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Sunday School Origins

A meeting was held on August 30, 1785, to organize a "Sunday School Society."  The idea was headed up by William Fox, who was a "godly member of the Baptist Church in Prescott Street, Goodman Fields."  It was established for the purpose of a Bible-centered education for children and adults.  It has been reported that after visiting America, Alexis de Tocqueville said, "I sought in vain for the secret of America's greatness until I went into her Sunday schools and churches.  Then I understood why France is a slave and America is free."  J. Edgar Hoover, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, once said "Crime among youth would become practically negligible if the young people of America attended Sunday school regularly during their formative years."