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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 —

 
Foundations of Freedom Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, October 22, 2020
1. Foundations of Freedom Marker
Marker has been redesigned.
Inscription.  
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.

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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.

Lockwood House
One-room school for former enslaved that grew into Storer College.
Civil War Hospital and Headquarters.

Brackett House
President's Home

Anthony Hall
Main Hall
Civil War Commanding Officer's Headquarters

Cook
Foundations of Freedom Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, October 22, 2020
2. Foundations of Freedom Marker
Stephen T. Mather Training Center is seen in the background.
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Hall

Student Housing

Anthony Library
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 AmericansEducationWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
 
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); a different marker also named 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 Second Meeting of the Niagara Movement (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.
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(about 300 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 72 times since then and 18 times this year. 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.

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May. 26, 2022