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Storer College: To Emancipate the Mind and Soul
February 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pmFREE
On the grounds of historic Storer College, now the Stephen T. Mather Training Center of the National Park Service in Harpers Ferry, I will be participating in a panel on this school for former slaves founded in 1867. It survived for several generations as a center of black education and culture until 1955, when it closed for lack of state funding, collateral damage from the U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring school segregation unconstitutional. The Park Service,, which acquired the college buildings and property in the 1960s, recently marked the 150th anniversary of the school’s founding. I devote a chapter (“To Preserve This Sacred Shrine”) to the college in my forthcoming book FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers in John Brown’s Army. The men I write about and their descendants have historic ties to the college. I have also contributed a chapter to the book published by the Harpers Ferry Park association last fall on the sesquicentennial of the school’s beginnings. The book is entitled “To Emancipate the Mind and Soul” Storer College, 1867-1955. It will be available for purchase at the Feb. 18 event.