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Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Church and School

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 13, 2012
1. Church and School Marker
Inscription.

The school and mission work are inseparably interwoven with each other.
Storer teacher - Kate J. Anthony

The Curtis Memorial Freewill Baptist Church served as a spiritual anchor in the lives of both the students and the teachers of Storer College. Life was sometimes difficult at Storer College, one of the first schools for African Americans in the segregated South. Students and teachers alike faced hostility from local white residents, but found solace in religion. In 1894 the Freewill Baptists built this church to accommodate the needs of this growing community.

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The best singers from the school provided music every Sunday for the church. Students were required to attend daily chapel services and two church services a week. Many remained lifelong members of the church.

Windows in the church are dedicated to some of the northern Freewill Baptist congregations that helped to support Storer College through their missionary programs.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 19.475′ N, 77° 44.446′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Storer College Place
Photo on Church and School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
2. Photo on Church and School Marker
, on the right when traveling east on Fillmore Street. Touch 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 (a few steps from this marker); Foundations of Freedom (a few steps from this marker); Camp Hill (a few steps from this marker); Virginia Lodge No. 1 (within shouting distance of this marker); A Land Divided (within shouting distance of this marker); The Niagara Movement (within shouting distance of this marker); Storer College 1867-1955 (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Hill during the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
Also see . . .
1. Storer College. (Submitted on December 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Curtis Memorial Freewill Baptist Church in HABS. (Submitted on December 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.Civil RightsEducation
 
Windows on Church and School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
3. Windows on Church and School Marker
Church and School Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 13, 2012
4. Church and School Marker
Curtis Memorial Freewill Baptist Church in background
Curtis Memorial Freewill Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 13, 2012
5. Curtis Memorial Freewill Baptist Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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