Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Foundations of Freedom
Harpers Ferry, including Anthony Hall (behind you to the right), played host to large and small scenes in the epic human struggle for freedom and equality. In this building, the superintendent of the national armory contemplated how to strengthen the nation's military. On these fields, great armies battled over a divided land. Here, former slaves strove to obtain the education previously denied them by law.
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Storer College grew from a one-room schoolhouse in an abandoned armory building to a typical college campus by the time it closed in 1955. Today these buildings serve as a training center and offices for the National Park Service.
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During the Civil War, a war over the meaning of freedom, both Union and Confederate soldiers used the fields around you as staging, training, and battlegrounds.
Storer College, founded in 1867, was one of the first schools in the South open to African American students. Chartered as a school for all students, regardless of race or gender, Storer College was never able to achieve the goal of an integrated campus due to racial segregation laws.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 39° 19.472′ Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the NPS Mather Training Center. 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. Storer College Veterans Memorial Gate (here, next to this marker); Church and School (a few steps from this marker); The Niagara Movement (a few steps from this marker); A Land Divided (a few steps from this marker); Storer College 1867-1955 (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Hill during the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); The Niagara Movement at Storer College (within shouting distance of this marker); John Brown (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
Also see . . . Storer College. (Submitted on December 18, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Education •
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