"To Emancipate the Mind and Soul":

Storer College 1867-1955;  Edited by Catherine Baldau (HFPA, 2017)

When John Brown came to Harpers Ferry in 1859, organizing a school for enslaved African Americans was illegal. Eight years later, after a bloody Civil War, Storer College did just that—and more. To honor the 150th anniversary of the school’s founding, Harpers Ferry Park Association, in partnership with Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, invited park rangers, professors, journalists, and scholars to tell the stories of the teachers, students, and reformers who strove to manifest a new world on the “hill of hope.” This collection reveals tales of courage and conviction, success and defeat, controversy and, above all, hope.

Click here to read a sample chapter, Brave Spirits: The Lovetts of Harpers Ferry.

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This book is available at the Park Bookshop in historic Lower Town Harpers Ferry, by calling 304.535.6881, or visiting www.harpersferryhistory.org.

 

**The Harpers Ferry Park Association is a non-profit cooperating association supporting the education and interpretive programs of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. All proceeds from the sale of their publications benefit park programs.