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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park celebrates the 150th anniversary of the founding of Storer College

By Staff | Feb 3, 2017

In celebration of Black History month and to kick-off the 150th Anniversary of the founding of Storer College, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park invites the public to attend the following programs highlighting Harpers Ferry’s rich African American history.

These programs will be offered every Sunday during the month of February. Please note, times and locations vary. For additional information, call the park Visitor Center at 304-535-6298.

Sunday, Feb. 5, Black History Exhibit Opening/ Reception at the Mather Training Center at 2 p.m. Join in the opening of the 2017 Black History Month exhibit, “Shining Stars of Storer College.” This special exhibit will highlight five Storer graduates who made national and international contributions in their fields. Light refreshments will be served and Park Ranger Guinevere Roper will present a short program on the history of Storer College.

Sunday, Feb. 12, “Lifting as We Climb” at the Freewill Baptist Church, 27 Storer College Place, at 2 p.m. Discover the incredible story of Storer College graduate/ teacher and civil rights activist, Coralie Franklin Cook, in this dramatic presentation by Ilene Evans. An inspired storyteller, performer and scholar, Ms. Evans portrays significant women of color who have changed the world.

Sunday, Feb. 19, Storer College Documentary at the Mather Training Center at 2 p.m. View a 60-minute documentary on Storer College by Emmy winning producer Midge Flinn Yost.

The film covers the college’s history with extensive interviews from college alumni, historians and two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author, David Levering Lewis.

Sunday, Feb. 26, Soul Food Tasting Program at Saint Philip’s Episcopal Church, 441 S. Lawrence St., Charles Town, at 3 p.m. Savor a variety of delightful dishes at the annual Black History Soul Food Tasting program. Sponsored by the Jefferson County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) this year’s program highlights the Storer College Sesquicentennial commemoration. Park Ranger Guinevere Roper will share a power point presentation on the history of the college prior to the tasting. Hosted by the Judea Community Christian Church.

For more information, contact the park at 304-535-6029.