WV NAACP State Conference of Branches Banquet

Join the Jefferson County Branch of the NAACP and the West Virginia State Conference of the NAACP for our annual Banquet.  NAACP leaders from Branches across West Virginia will be in attendance and a limited number of tickets are on sale.



WV NAACP State Conference of Branches Banquet

6:30 PM, Friday, August 9th

St. Phillips Parish Hall, 411 S Lawrence St (Martin Delany Pl), Charles Town, WV 25414


Please contact Janet Jeffries to reserve your ticket at 304-725-4094.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom March

The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Trail March will be held on Sunday, Jan. 13, in Charles Town. The public is invited to participate.

The event will assemble at the Charles Town Library, step off at 2:00 pm sharp, and proceed to the Betty Roper Auditorium where the program will begin at 2:30.
Its theme this year is PEACE and LOVE. The library is located at 200 E. Washington St., Charles Town, WV 25414.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate in the parade. Only posters and banners relating to Love and Peace will be allowed in the march.

For additional information: call 304-725-9610 or check the NAACP website at jcwvnaacp.org

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Fighting for Freedom: Jefferson County African Americans in World War I The James Alvin Tolbert Memorial Conference

Contact: Donna Northouse, dnorthouse@gmail.com, 304-876-7021  

Date & Time: June 29, 2018, 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Coffee will be available at 8:30. 

Place & Parking: Robert S. Byrd Center for Congressional Studies and History, 213 N. King Street, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV. Free parking will be available on campus in Lot C (Princess and High Streets).  

Cost: Free and open to the public

Registration: None required for general public. Staff development credit (6 hours) provided by the Jefferson County School System to its educators. Educators may register on the district’s staff development website. 

In this, the centennial year of the Armistice ending World War I, the Friends of Webb-Blessing House & the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society (JCBHPS) present an all-day conference recognizing the contributions of African Americans to the Allies’ fight for freedom. Co-sponsors are the Jefferson County Historical Society, the Jefferson County Museum, the Spirit of Jefferson County newspaper, and the Shepherdstown Bag and Author Group. Emphasis

is on the impact of Jefferson County African-American WWI soldiers on their community over

the last 100 years. The conference honors the life and legacy of James Alvin Tolbert, one of the


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founders of JCBHPS and a civil rights leader. Items from the Edward Dabney Tolbert

Collection at the Jefferson County Museum, donated by the Tolbert family, will be on display at the conference. 

Guest speakers

 Dr. Adriane Lentz-Smith, Associate Professor of History at Duke University, author of Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I;

Algernon Ward, founder of the Ebony Doughboys, a national organization fostering recognition of the remarkable achievements of the all-Black 93rd U.S. Army Division fighting in World War I;

George Rutherford and James L. Taylor, co-founders of the JCBHPS, and Susannah Buckles, daughter of Frank Buckles, the nation’s longest living WWI veteran, who died in 2011 at the age of 110. They will discuss the influence Jefferson County’s WWI soldiers has had on the Jefferson County community, based on their personal experiences growing up in the county.

Schedule (one may attend either or both sessions) 

Morning Session (8:45 – 12): The day opens with the viewing of a short film, “A Story of Courage, Henry Johnson,” first aired on PBS. The film highlights the achievements of the all-black Army regiments during WWI, with emphasis on the heroism of Medal of Honor and Crosse de Guerre recipient Henry Johnson. Dr. Lentz-Smith will next present an overview of the significant contributions of African-American soldiers to WWI and their reception at home. After a short break, a panel discussion will follow, comprised of George Rutherford, James L. Taylor and Susannah Buckles, who will discuss the influence of Jefferson County WWI veterans on their lives and others living in Jefferson County and take questions from the audience. Dr. Lentz-Smith will be signing her book at the end of the morning session and shortly before the beginning of the afternoon session. We encourage you to buy a copy and show your support.

 Lunch (12 to 1:30): On one’s own on the Shepherd campus or in town.

Afternoon session: (1:30 to 3:30): Presentation by WWI scholar and reenactor Algernon Ward, highlighting the achievements of the African-American 369th Infantry Regiment (Harlem Hellfighters) of the 93rd U.S. Army Division, including those of Storer College students/graduates who were members of the same division as the 369th Regiment’s. He will also highlight key American events adversely affecting the civil rights of African-Americans at the time of WWI.

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African-American Cultural and Heritage Festival Parade

Parade will begin at 12 noon from West 3rd Ave in Ranson to the Festival ground located at 300 South Lawrence St. in Charles Town. Local school bands and independent marching units from Maryland will participate.

The festival ground activities will include pony rides and moon bounce for the children, health fair, fashion highlights, food and craft vendors, public service vendors, demonstrations and music. Local talent will be displayed throughout the festival.  The highlight will be the Signature Live Band in concert at 7pm.

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