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

The Niagara Movement at Storer College

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 13, 2012
1. The Niagara Movement at Storer College Marker
Inscription.  

The battle we wage is not for ourselves alone but for all true Americans.
W.E.B. DuBois

In 1906, the Niagara Movement held its second annual meeting on the Storer College campus.

The Niagara Movement was the first national organization of Negroes which aggressively and unconditionally demanded the same civil rights for their people which other Americans enjoyed.
Elliot M. Rudwick, historian, 1957

Symbolically important as the first meeting of the group on American soil, the conference organizers carefully selected the location of the meeting. They chose Harpers Ferry for its rich history, including the John Brown raid to end slavery, and Storer College for its commitment to education for people of all races.

We claim for ourselves every single right that belongs to a freeborn American, political, civil and social…
W.E.B. DuBois speaking at the 1906 Niagara Movement meeting

[Photo caption reads]
Attendees at the 1906 Niagara Movement conference posed at Anthony Hall, the building in front of you. General Secretary W.E.B. DuBois is seated fifth from
Photo on The Niagara Movement at Storer College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, 1906
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Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil Rights. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
 
Location. 39° 19.442′ N, 77° 44.445′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is just east of Anthony Hall, 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. Stephen Tyng Mather (a few steps from this marker); That was the happiest time of my life. (within shouting distance of this marker); A Land Divided (within shouting distance of this marker); Foundations of Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); Church and School (within shouting distance of this marker); Storer College Veterans Memorial Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); The Niagara Movement (within shouting distance of this marker); John Brown (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Storer College.
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 13, 2012
3. The Niagara Movement at Storer College Marker
Anthony Hall in background
(Submitted on December 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Niagara Movement. (Submitted on December 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Niagara Movement Declaration of Principles (1905). (Submitted on December 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Niagara Movement (1905-1910). (Submitted on December 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2017. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 595 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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