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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.
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NEWS
June 24, 2003
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will host "They Passed This Way," a celebration of cultural heritage, Saturday, June 28, from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event will include living history displays and demonstrations. Presentations by Colonial Williamsburg actor Bill Barker as Thomas Jefferson and Dick Cheatham as Meriwether Lewis will focus on the 200th anniversary of Meriwether Lewis' visit to Harpers Ferry in preparation for the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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by DAVE McMILLION | August 15, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.VA. - U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd will participate in Thursday's opening ceremony of the 100th anniversary of the Niagara Movement at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, his office said Monday. Byrd, D-W.Va., is expected to speak during the opening ceremonies, which begin at 3 p.m., Byrd officials said. The Niagara Movement was founded in 1905 by a group of black men led by W.E.B. DuBois, J.R. Clifford and others. The organization's 1906 meeting, the first in the U.S., was held on the campus of Storer College, now part of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
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by DAVE McMILLION | February 5, 2007
HARPERS FERRY, W.VA. - Each year during its African American History Month celebration, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park shines the spotlight on someone who made significant contributions to black history in the area and the nation. Some of those individuals were associated with Storer College, a local college that was started after the Civil War to give blacks and others a place to obtain higher education. Those recognized over the years have included J.R. Clifford, who helped found West Virginia's first black newspaper and became the state's first black attorney, and David Henry Cole, a Jefferson County native who broke racial barriers in 1954 by becoming an accountant for Washington, D.C.'s tax and finance office.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | June 26, 2008
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- Jazz artist Jimmy Cobb, the drummer from Miles Davis' masterpiece "Kind of Blue," will give a free concert Saturday in Harpers Ferry. Cobb and acclaimed bassist Jymie Merritt, who collaborated with Max Roach and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, are the recipients of this year's Don Redman Heritage Award, given to living jazz artists who, like the award's namesake, were innovators of jazz. The Howard Burns Quartet will open the outdoor concert and also perform with Cobb and Merritt.
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by KATE COLEMAN | June 27, 2002
katec@herald-mail.com American history is a work in progress. Harpers Ferry's part in that history in the years beyond 1776 are explored by "Freedom's Birth, an American Experience. " For the first time, the annual celebration will feature jazz - sometimes called America's only original art form. "What we've tried to do is to include elements of music that have had significance to Harpers Ferry history," says Todd Bolton, branch chief of visitor services at the park. That takes event planners directly to Storer College graduate Don Redman, known as the first great arranger in jazz history.
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by DAVE McMILLION | August 18, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.VA. - U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd set a poignant tone Thursday for the opening ceremony of the 100th anniversary of the Niagara Movement, saying he would not go into some of his personal history that those in attendance did not appreciate. Byrd did not mention it during his speech, but he once was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, something he long has denounced. "I said it before, I'll say it now. I was wrong. I don't say that to get your votes. I don't have to say that to get your votes," Byrd told dozens of people, including black leaders, during the opening ceremonies at the Storer College campus, now a part of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | January 14, 2004
martinsburg@herald-mail.com HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Broadening the park's scope beyond John Brown and Lower Town to opening the visitors' parking lot during the off-season to commuters who ride the MARC train were just two ideas voiced Tuesday night during a meeting about the future of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. National Park Service officials are working on a new General Management Plan for the park to guide the park through the next 20 years. The current plan has not been updated for a quarter of a century.
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