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Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Foundations of Freedom

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 13, 2012
1. Foundations of Freedom Marker
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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.

[Aerial photo caption reads]
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.

[Inset photo captions read]
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
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By Unknown, undated
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due to racial segregation laws.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsEducation. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1955.
 
Location. 39° 19.472′ N, 77° 44.436′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Fillmore Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on the grounds of the NPS Mather Training Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. 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); Virginia Lodge No. 1 (a few steps from this marker); A Land Divided (a few steps from this marker); Camp Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); That was the happiest time of my life. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Niagara Movement at Storer College (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
Also see . . .  Storer College. (Submitted on December 18, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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By Unknown, 1860s
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By Unknown, undated
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 13, 2012
5. Foundations of Freedom Marker
Looking north toward Fillmore Street
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 13, 2012
6. Foundations of Freedom Marker
Looking south into the former Storer College campus
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 18, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 500 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 18, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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