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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | January 31, 2008
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - People know about the NAACP, they've probably heard of its founder, W.E.B. DuBois, but "you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who's heard of Lafayette Hershaw," said Park Ranger Kim Biggs. Hershaw was among the early civil rights activists willing to put his life and livelihood on the line for a single belief - that all people were created equal. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will pay tribute to Hershaw at a February exhibit at John Brown Museum, entitled "Pioneers for Freedom.
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August 17, 2006
The following is a list of entertainment highlights during the Niagara Movement Centennial at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park: Today · 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. - Dramatic re-enactment of the landmark 1898 West Virginia civil rights court decision that bolstered equal educational opportunities; Curtis Freewill Baptist Church, on the grounds of Storer College. Free tickets are required. Call 304-535-6166. Friday, Aug. 18 · 5:30 p.m. - Catered reception; Howard Burns Ensemble, Food Court · 6:45 to 7 p.m. - Gospel Prelude, The Shiloh Baptist Church Gospel Choir of Washington, D.C.; Murray Stage (inclement weather site, Du Bois Tent)
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by JULIE GREENE | April 6, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - It's no wonder Charles Davis chose to learn the saxophone. While growing up in Chicago, he often would go to the Regal Theater to see stage shows with bands, comedians and musicians such as acclaimed saxophonists Charlie Parker and Lester Young. The bebop jazz Davis plays was born from the music of artists such as the late Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, who also performed at the Regal. Davis' bebop jazz can be heard Friday during at the Quality Inn ballroom.
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February 22, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - J.R. Clifford is not well-known here, but residents this week will have a chance to learn more about the attorney who fought for equal rights for black students in the late 1800s. It wasn't until 1954 that the Supreme Court struck down segregated schools in its landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision, but Clifford tackled the issue in 1896. Berkeley County Circuit Court Judge David Sanders and others have scheduled a free historical presentation on Clifford's life for Friday.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | August 20, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.VA. - This is what Anissa Chams-Eddine wrote on her quilt square Saturday during the Centennial Commemoration of the Niagara Movement in Harpers Ferry: "I know why I'm here, but why are you?" It's a deep thought for a 10-year-old girl to have, and she expressed others when asked about the Niagara Movement, the precursor to the NAACP. "I want to learn more about this," she said, saying she learned about the Civil War and Reconstruction in school, but not the Niagara Movement.
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By CLYDE FORD | March 24, 1998
Principal remembered fondly CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Irma Mosell Patrick, 94, the first black woman to serve as a principal at a Jefferson County public school, died Friday in Cleveland. Former students and teachers remembered Patrick, an educator for 44 years, as a dedicated professional who expected the best from her students. Patrick was principal of Eagle Avenue Elementary from 1950 to 1966. "She was very disciplined and loving at the same time," said James Tolbert, president of the Jefferson County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, who was a second-grade student of hers.
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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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by DAVE McMILLION | August 21, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - History buffs and others continued to enjoy the 100th anniversary of the Niagara Movement on Sunday, including about 300 people who traced the steps of an inspirational walk to pay tribute to abolitionist John Brown. The Niagara Movement involved a 1906 meeting in Harpers Ferry of black leaders and others who were working for freedom and equality for blacks. The movement became the foundation for the formation of the NAACP. At the 1906 meeting, Niagara Movement members honored the memory of abolitionist John Brown by walking to the fort where he was captured in Harpers Ferry at the start of the Civil War. Brown had a plan to start a war against slavery, but he was captured in a fire engine house after he and others raided Harpers Ferry.
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By CANDICE BOSELY | May 26, 2005
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. It was soap that enabled William H. Bell, a former slave who fought in a Northern regiment of black troops during the Civil War, to have his own desk at Storer College in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. "If they needed a desk, by golly, they had to go out and earn it," said Elaine Mauck, co-owner of Crim de la Crim, an antiques consignment shop in downtown Martinsburg. On Friday, if the price is right, Bell's desk will find a new owner. It is one of hundreds of items expected to be auctioned at the store.
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By Kate Coleman | March 5, 2006
I recently witnessed some living history. No, I didn't go to a Civil War battle re-enactment or visit the nearby Fort Frederick. I attended the fourth annual Black History Month Jazz Heritage Concert in Shepherdstown, W.Va., which featured Butch Ballard and Buddy Catlett with the Howard Burns Quartet. Ballard, 87, is a drummer whose career spans more than 70 years. He's played with jazz legends Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Seventy-two-year-old Catlett has played bass professionally for more than 50 years.
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