The U.S. Civil Rights movement can be said to have been advanced in Harpers Ferry not only by the famous John Brown Raid but through Storer College, the state’s first institution to provide secondary education to black citizens. Harpers Ferry – primarily due to Storer – also attracted permanent black residents, vacationers, entrepreneurs, and civil rights leaders like Frederick Douglass and W. E. B. DuBois.
This walking tour sheds light on the diverse African American community that was concentrated along Fillmore and Washington Streets and in the West Ridge neighborhood from the late 19th through the mid-20th centuries and includes two historic black churches. Presenters at tour stops will include current and former Harpers Ferry residents. There will be an ice cream social following this event.
Proceeds from ticket sales will support the restoration of the historic First Zion Baptist Church.
Tour will be limited to 40 adults. Advance ticket required (click the Register button at the left). Children under 12 and Storer Alumni are free.
The Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that unites two towns with a vision of inspiring citizens and visitors alike with our history, beauty, diversity and hospitality. The Foundation’s initiatives focus on the historic preservation, promotion and beautification of our towns for the enjoyment and benefit of all. We seek to preserve the rich history of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar, learn from its people and build upon their legacies.