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NPS plans black history event

By Staff | Jan 20, 2012

In conjunction with Black History Month, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is pleased to announce its Black History Month program for 2012. Throughout February, a special exhibit, “Running to Freedom: Fighting for Freedom,” will focus on the African American struggle to escape bondage and fight to end the institution of slavery.

This special exhibit will open on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. on the second floor of the John Brown Museum on Shenandoah Street in Harpers Ferry. Come learn Harpers Ferry’s role in this story as one of many Union garrison towns where runaway slaves, or “contraband,” sought refuge. Find out also about African Americans who served in the military, including West Virginia’s Martin Delany, the only black officer to receive the rank of major during the Civil War.

For additional information, please call the Park Information Center at 304-535-6029.