The Normal School opened in Tuskegee, Alabama, in the 19th-century to impart training to African American teachers. Parents were enthusiastic to educate their children and thirty students enrolled. The colored people of this region were poor, but eager to improve themselves. The teachers hoped to learn more about new teaching methods at the Normal School. Boarding facilities at the school enabled students to learn good habits and morals, which are important characteristics of an educated person. The opening of the school was encouraged by the white and colored communities alike.