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Jefferson County Historical Society to host spring meeting

March 24, 2006

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Historical Society will hold its spring meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, in the Betty Roper Auditorium at Wright Denny School, 208 W. Congress Street in Charles Town.

A highlight of the meeting will be a presentation on the 1906 Harpers Ferry, W.Va., meeting of the "Niagara Movement."

The public is invited.

One hundred years ago, at Storer College in Harpers Ferry, W.E.B. Du Bois and other black leaders of the Niagara Movement met to continue developing the first major civil rights organization of the 20th century.

Although the Niagara Movement survived only a few years, in 1909 the nucleus of the Niagara group joined with other Americans and Du Bois to found the NAACP, one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the country.

Kim Biggs and Todd Bolton of the National Park Service will present the history of what Dr. Du Bois described as "one of the greatest meetings that American Negroes ever held." Saturday's meeting is but of a number of events leading up to the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Niagara Movement meeting by the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, which now includes the former Storer campus.

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The public is invited to attend and membership forms will be available for those interested in joining the Society.

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