orphans' asylum

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Noun1.orphans' asylum - a public institution for the care of orphans
institution - an establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated
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These include the New York Tribune (as Baker notes, reporters fled to the roof seeking safety) and, more ominously, social institutions run by reform-minded elites--such as the Colored Orphans' Asylum.
A member of New York's African-American community is Billy Dove, who works alongside Yankee women at the Orphans' Asylum. He and his wife, Ruth, an Irish immigrant, live in Paradise Alley with their five children.