Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
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. 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.
2. The Making of Harpers Ferry. This article discusses the controversies surrounding the Shepherd monument.
3. "An Ever Present Bone of Contention:" The Heyward Shepherd Memorial from West Virginia History.
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
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
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