Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Foundations of Freedom
Civil War Camp to College Campus
— Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Harpers Ferry, including Anthony Hall (to your left), played host to large and small scenes in the epic human struggle for freedom and equality. In this building, Civil War generals planned their next attack. In the fields around you, Union and Confederate soldiers battled over a divided land. On the Storer College campus, formerly enslaved people strove to obtain the education previously denied them by law.
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. The school closed in 1955.
Today, the highlighted buildings serve as offices for the National Park Service.
One-room school for former enslaved that grew into Storer College.
Civil War Hospital and Headquarters.
Civil War Commanding Officer's Headquarters
Classroom and Library
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓 series list.
Location. 39° 19.424′ N, 77° 44.492′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Mather Place 0.1 miles south of Hartzog Drive when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 63 Mather Pl, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Heads versus Hands (within shouting distance of this marker); Stephen Tyng Mather (within shouting distance of this marker); John Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); The Niagara Movement at Storer College (within shouting distance of this marker); A Land Divided (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); That was the happiest time of my life. (about 300 feet away); Church and School (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Foundations of Freedom (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 25, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 22, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.