Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Harpers Ferry Park Pays Tribute to Graduates of Black College. (Noteworthy News)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Harpers Ferry Park Pays Tribute to Graduates of Black College. (Noteworthy News)

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HARPERS FERRY, W.VA.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park has begun a five-year effort to pay tribute to graduates of Storer College, which was established after the Civil War to help former slaves get an education.

The park's first exhibit opened last month, honoring the life and work of jazz arranger Don Redman, who graduated from the school in 1920. Over the next five years, the park will showcase other Storer College graduates who distinguished themselves in their respective fields despite the barriers they faced. The list includes businessmen, politicians, educators, authors and musicians, says Todd Bolton, branch chief of visitors' services.

About 300,000 former slaves were living in the Shenandoah Valley after the Civil War, and few were prepared "to face the challenges of living free in a society of racial discrimination and limited opportunity," Bolton says.

Storer College started as a one-room schoolhouse to teach the basics. …

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