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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | June 26, 2008
Legendary jazz bassist Jymie Merritt's performance at the Don Redman Heritage Awards & Concert in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., will be his first show away from Philadelphia in more than a decade. "I decided I would make this my premiere move," said Merritt, 82, of Philadelphia. Merritt will join Jimmy Cobb at Saturday's concert on the lawn behind the Stephen T. Mather Training Center (formerly the campus of Storer College) in Harpers Ferry. Merritt said it's been years since he's played with Cobb, who was Miles Davis' drummer during the 1950s and into the '60s.
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August 19, 2006
Thumbs up to B. Marie Byers , for her fine performance as moderator of two Washington County candidate forums this past week. For two hours each night, she kept the proceedings running smoothly and professionally, enforcing the rules in a way that gave all candidates an equal chance to be heard. Byers also spent months helping to plan the events. Thumbs up to the late W.E.B. DuBois and the late J.R. Clifford , among others, who in 1905 founded the Niagara Movement, which held its first meeting in 1906 at the campus of Storer College, now a part of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia.
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by DON AINES | August 16, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - It was a precursor to the modern civil rights movement, but a meeting of the Niagara Movement 98 years ago is little remembered today, according to John Powell, a park ranger at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Powell hopes a new program at the park will shed light on the role played in the civil rights movement by Harpers Ferry, most famous for abolitionist John Brown's 1859 raid. The first Niagara Movement tours were given Saturday and Sunday.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | June 28, 2007
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -Jazz veterans Curtis Fuller and John Handy will be the honorees at the sixth annual Don Redman Awards and Concert on Saturday in Harpers Ferry. Fuller, a 73-year-old trombonist, and Handy, a 74-year-old alto sax player, will perform with accompaniment by the Howard Burns Quartet, a local jazz act. The free, outdoor concert will be on the lawn of the Mather Training Center, off Filmore Street. The award recognizes artists who have strongly influenced jazz and have shared their love of music with others.
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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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by KATE COLEMAN | February 17, 2005
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - George Thomas "Sonny" Cohn was born and raised in Chicago. After more than 30 years traveling and playing his trumpet with the Count Basie Orchestra, he retired to his hometown. Cohn, 79, still plays sometimes and said his most recent gig was at a Chicago club about a month ago. He's booked for another - the third annual Jazz Heritage Concert in Shepherdstown, W.Va. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, Cohn will share the Clarion Inn Ballroom stage with the Howard Burns Quartet and another legend of jazz, Buster Cooper.
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by KATE COLEMAN | June 26, 2003
katec@herald-mail.com Harpers Ferry, W.Va., the place where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet, also is the site of many significant moments in American history. On Saturday, June 28, the area's rich past will be stirred up with re-enacted history and some jazz from accomplished musicians who have not played together before. The cultural heritage program They Passed This Way: A Celebration of Cultural Heritage will begin at 11 a.m. Dick Cheatham will present "Meriwether Lewis Returns to Harpers Ferry," focusing on the 200th anniversary of the explorer's 1803 visit to the town where he was equipped and outfitted for his historic cross-continent expedition with William Clark and the Corps of Discovery.
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September 3, 2006
Theater recognized by Md. On June 25, Potomac Playmakers was awarded a Maryland Senate resolution, recognizing the community theater organization's 80th anniversary. The resolution was accompanied with a letter from Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Md. Munson extended his congratulations and honored Potomac Playmakers for continuously contributing to the quality of life in Washington County. He noted that, for nearly a century, Potomac Playmakers has "provided wonderful entertainment in a small theater setting, while bringing members of the community together.
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December 19, 2004
The Herald-Mail Michele Wills has been promoted to marketing director of The Herald-Mail Co. Wills has been with The Herald-Mail for 10 years, working in a variety of marketing capacities, including Newspaper in Education coordinator. She was named marketing manager in September 2003, and was instrumental in helping the company publish its first pictorial history book, "Washington County, Maryland - Our Past, Our People," in 2004. Wills has held active positions in the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the Sunrise Rotary Club of Hagerstown.
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February 17, 2005
KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - The St. Paul Baptist Church on W.Va. 9 in Kearneysville will hold an exhibit and presentation on noted photographer and Kearneysville native, Allen E. Cole, at 2 p.m. Saturday. The event is being presented by the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society. Cole was the 11th of 13 children born to blacksmith Allen Cole Sr. and Sara Cole on Sept 1, 1883, in Kearneysville. A graduate of Storer College in 1905, Cole worked as a waiter in Atlantic City, N.J., a railroad porter and a real estate agent in Cincinnati.
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