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Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hayward Shepherd

 
 
The Hayward Shepherd Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, August 16, 2008
1. The Hayward Shepherd Monument
Inscription. On the night of October 16, 1859, Heyward Shepherd, and industrious and respected Colored freeman, was mortally wounded by John Brown's raiders in pursuance of his duties as an employee of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company. He became the first victim of this attempted insurrection.

This boulder is erected by the Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of Confederate Veterans as a memorial to Heyward Shepherd, exemplifying the character and faithfulness of thousands of Negroes who, under many temptations throughout subsequent years of war, so conducted themselves that no stain was left upon a record which is the peculiar heritage of the American people, and an everlasting tribute to the best of both races.
 
Erected 1931 by Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 39° 19.399′ N, 77° 43.805′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Potomac Street and Shenandoah Street (Business U.S. 340), on the right when traveling east on Potomac Street. Click for map.
"Harper's Ferry History" Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, August 16, 2008
2. "Harper's Ferry History"
nearby National Park Service marker offering perspective on the controversial Haywood Sheperd monument.
The marker stone stands against the north wall of the Stephenson Hotel building, about 30 feet west of Shenandoah Street. The hotel is now a museum interpreting the story of John Brown's Raid. Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harper's Ferry History (here, next to this marker); White Hall Tavern (a few steps from this marker); John Brown Monument (a few steps from this marker); Lewis and Clark (within shouting distance of this marker); Armory Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); Short-lived Sanctuary (within shouting distance of this marker); John Brown's Last Stand (within shouting distance of this marker); Federal Armory (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
Also see . . .
1. John Brown's Raid. (PDF) National Park Service handout detailing the raid. (Submitted on August 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. The Making of Harpers Ferry. This article discusses the controversies surrounding the Shepherd monument. (Submitted on September 2, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

3. "An Ever Present Bone of Contention:" The Heyward Shepherd Memorial from West Virginia History. (Submitted on March 21, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.)
Counterpoint Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, August 16, 2008
3. Counterpoint
a tribute to the heroism of John Brown's raiders and their cause, the Storer College Alumni's marker (1916), behind a protective plastic barrier on "John Brown's Fort" nearby.

4. Written in Stone: Gender, Race, and the Heyward Shepherd Memorial, by Caroline Janney. From Civil War History, Volume 52, Number 2, June 2006, pp. 117-141 (Submitted on March 21, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansWar, US Civil
 
Harper's Ferry Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, August 16, 2008
4. Harper's Ferry
"John Brown's Fort" at left, re-located across the street from the Stephenson's Hotel (the John Brown Museum) with the Hayward Shepherd monument visible, center, far right.
Hayward Shepherd Markers Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, August 16, 2008
5. Hayward Shepherd Markers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 6,319 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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