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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | May 22, 2011
In 1951, Ann H. Jones wanted to attend Syracuse (N.Y.) University but she knew her all-black elementary and high school education didn’t prepare her to reach so high. Instead, she followed her sister to Storer College, a historically black college that opened a few years after the Civil War. Jones and several other Storer alumni on Sunday watched the premiere of “Storer College: A Legacy of Light and Learning,” a film by independent filmmaker Midge Flinn Yost of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
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By TAMELA BAKER | May 16, 2004
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - The desegregation decision handed down in Brown v. Board of Education resulted in sweeping changes in education and in American society as a whole. But in an intriguing twist of history, it also contributed to the demise of one of the nation's first integrated schools. "It's just something ironically that happened," said Guinevere Roper, a park ranger at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Roper regularly tells park visitors about the college that once occupied several buildings on Camp Hill in Harpers Ferry.
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Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | August 19, 2011
Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 will sell 150 halves of barbecued chicken in front of the Jefferson Security Bank on the Square in Sharpsburg Saturday, Aug. 27, starting at 10 a.m. Dinners cost $7 for half a chicken with baked beans and a roll. The meal costs $6 for half a chicken and one roll. The event will be held rain or shine. Burke to speak at Sharpsburg Library   Shepherd University professor Dawne Burke will share her research on Storer College at Sharpsburg Library Thursday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m.   Storer College was established as the Harpers Ferry Mission school in 1865 by the Free Will Baptist Mission School.  Storer was the first African-American college in West Virginia and was established to educate former slaves.
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by KATE COLEMAN | June 24, 2004
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and The Harpers Ferry Historical Association will host the third annual Don Redman Heritage Awards and Concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 26, in the West Virginia town. The event will be on the grounds of the Mather Training Center, formerly Storer College, one of the first schools founded to educate freed slaves after the Civil War. It flourished for almost 90 years, and its campus is preserved as part of the park. Redman, a 1920 graduate of Storer College, often was called the "Little Giant of Jazz" because of his small stature - he was 5 feet 4 inches tall - and his huge contribution to the genre.
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by DAVE McMILLION | February 7, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - The year was 1954, and David Henry Cole was breaking racial barriers. That was the year the Jefferson County native started work as an accountant for the tax and finance office in Washington, D.C. At that time, he was only the second black to be employed in that government office. Cole, who spoke Sunday at a Black History Month program in Harpers Ferry, became an investigator in 1966 with the city and his job was to track down corporations that were delinquent in paying taxes.
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by DAVE McMILLION | February 3, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Nnamdi Azikiwe had many distinguishing qualities, not the least of which was being Nigeria's first democratically-elected president. Azikiwe was also a writer and newspaper editor, a career he used to promote pride and nationalism in Nigerians. A talented athlete with impressive physical features, Azikiwe excelled in soccer and high jumping, and his strong voice made him an effective public speaker, friends said Sunday at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
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by DON AINES | July 15, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Seventy-four years ago, W.E.B. Du Bois and members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People were rebuffed when they traveled from their convention in Washington, D.C., to place a plaque honoring abolitionist John Brown on the grounds of Storer College, a historically black school in Harpers Ferry where Brown's 1859 raid set the stage for the Civil War. On Friday, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond led...
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October 9, 2007
Appalachian Trail hiker and artist Lou Murray was the guide for a historical walk along the trail through Harpers Ferry, W.Va., on Sept. 30. The hikers visited and took photos of such sites as Jefferson Rock, Storer College and John Brown's Fort. On Oct. 14, Murray will lead a four-mile, three-hour walk on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland with stops for shooting photos. Participants will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Martin's Food Market on Dual Highway in Hagerstown. The cost is $25 per person or $40 per couple.
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Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | September 15, 2011
POW/MIA recognition day   Members of Antietam 236, American Legion, reminds the community that today is POW/MIA Recognition Day.  Some 78,000 American soldiers are still missing from World War II; 8,800 from Korea; and 6,500 from Vietnam and conflicts since then.  Members encourage everyone to take time to remember these heroes in thought and prayer. Basket bingo planned Potomac Valley Fire Co. in Dargan will hold a basket bingo Saturday at the fire hall.  Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and bingo begins at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for nine packs.  Specials will be held.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | June 23, 2005
julieg@herald-mail.com HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Frank Wess was playing tenor sax with the Count Basie Orchestra when Basie learned Wess also played the flute, an opportunity Basie and Wess seized upon in future concerts. At the time - it was the '50s - flutes and jazz were a rare combination. "It was at one time, but it's not now. There's flute players all over now," said Wess, 83, in a recent phone interview from his home in New York City. Wess and Vince Prudente will perform, backed by the Howard Burns Quartet, at the fourth annual Don Redman Heritage Awards & Concert on Saturday, June 25, at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
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Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | September 15, 2011
POW/MIA recognition day   Members of Antietam 236, American Legion, reminds the community that today is POW/MIA Recognition Day.  Some 78,000 American soldiers are still missing from World War II; 8,800 from Korea; and 6,500 from Vietnam and conflicts since then.  Members encourage everyone to take time to remember these heroes in thought and prayer. Basket bingo planned Potomac Valley Fire Co. in Dargan will hold a basket bingo Saturday at the fire hall.  Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and bingo begins at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for nine packs.  Specials will be held.
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Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | August 19, 2011
Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 will sell 150 halves of barbecued chicken in front of the Jefferson Security Bank on the Square in Sharpsburg Saturday, Aug. 27, starting at 10 a.m. Dinners cost $7 for half a chicken with baked beans and a roll. The meal costs $6 for half a chicken and one roll. The event will be held rain or shine. Burke to speak at Sharpsburg Library   Shepherd University professor Dawne Burke will share her research on Storer College at Sharpsburg Library Thursday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m.   Storer College was established as the Harpers Ferry Mission school in 1865 by the Free Will Baptist Mission School.  Storer was the first African-American college in West Virginia and was established to educate former slaves.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | December 13, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va.-- Three black men -- James Tolbert, James Taylor and George Rutherford, published a book this summer titled "African Americans in Jefferson County. " This fall, the three men, founders of the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society, followed up with a video, "Road Trip to History: African Americans in Jefferson County, WV. " The video had its premiere showing Sunday afternoon in the Wright Denny Intermediate School auditorium before an audience of nearly 200. Taylor, the last of the video's presenters, ended the production saying: "We believe there is more African- American history in Jefferson County, W.Va.
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September 4, 2009
Drag racing The Mason-Dixon Dragway will host the Labor Day Weekend Classic. Through Monday. Mason-Dixon Dragway, 21003 National Pike, north of Boonsboro. $10, adults; free for ages 12 and younger. Call the track's hot line at 301-791-5193 or go to www.masondixondragway.com. Celebrating Patsy Cline 2009 A weekend of Patsy Cline-themed events. Live band tonight from 9 to midnight. Remembering Patsy Cline, Johnny "T" Triplett and Ernest Tubb is Sunday at 1 p.m. with dinner at 2 p.m. Bring a covered dish.
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April 22, 2009
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is expected to receive about $2.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for upgrades to the park, U.S. Sen. John Rockefeller and U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd announced Wednesday. The money will be used to repair and upgrade park intrusion and fire alarm systems, repair roofs on 11 buildings and weatherproof the historic Lockwood House, according to a joint announcement from Rockefeller and Byrd, both D-W.Va.
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March 2, 2009
OCT. 11, 1925-FEB. 27, 2009 PHILADELPHIA - Bernice Anna Burrell, 83, of Philadelphia, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2009. Born Oct. 11, 1925, in Martinsburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Anna Mae Cook. After her mother's early death, she was raised by her grandparents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Cook. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Burrell. She graduated from Sumner Ramer School in Martinsburg and attended Storer College in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
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