February 29, 2024 Blog

Our communities lost a beloved treasure of a lady in January, and we are so pleased that her legacy will now be honored in a special way. Both Bolivar and Harpers Ferry have officially proclaimed January 15 to be Agnes May Greene Twyman Day. Agnes Twyman was born on January 15, 1924 and passed away on January 15, 2024, her 100th Birthday. For these 100 years, Ms. Twyman was a special member of our community and was part of and witness to much of our history.

Agnes Mae Greene was born to Stephen and Irma Moody Greene. She attended the historic Grandview Elementary School, Storer College in Harpers Ferry for her first year of high school, then graduated in 1944 from Page Jackson High School in Charles Town. She was a long-time member of the Historical First Zion Baptist Church in Harpers Ferry, and lent her beautiful voice to its choir.

Agnes Mae married William Milton Twyman on January 29, 1946, bringing together two of the historic families who built our community. Agnes Mae and William Milton, then after he passed, Agnes’s partner Harry S. Jones, raised a family of seven children who continue their legacy of service to their communities and commitment to family. At the time of her death, Mrs. Twyman had 14 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and 17 great great grandchildren.

In her 99th year, she assisted in raising funds for the restoration of the First Zion Baptist Church by singing “Amazing Grace” at the church during the 3rd Annual Harpers Ferry Black Cultural Heritage Guided Walking Tour. Perhaps you were fortunate enough to witness. Twyman was devoted to her family and friends and to her church. She generously and quietly dispensed her love, good advice, good cheer and always her hospitality. Our community will miss her dearly.


Written by Rachel Meyer