The Bray School was run in the Dudley Diggs House and was originally located where Brown Hall stands today. The Bray School, which was named after Reverend Thomas Bray and operated by Ann Wagner, was created "for the instruction of Negro Children in the Principles of the Christian religion." Many of the students were enslaved though free black children also attended the school. Williamsburg was initially tapped by Benjamin Franklin as a potential site for the Bray School because William & Mary and the Williamsburg community already had a good reputation in the education of black folks. From 2012-2014, Colonial Williamsburg and members of the William & Mary community worked to excavate the site of the Bray School.