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"To Emancipate the Mind and Soul": Storer College 1867-1955

"To Emancipate the Mind and Soul": Storer College 1867-1955

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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. Paperback, 176 pages.  
Guanya Pau A Story of an African American Princess

Guanya Pau A Story of an African American Princess

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The first book of long fiction by an African to be published in English, this novel tells the story of a young woman of the Vai people in Liberia.

Historically African American Leisure Destinations Around Washington D.C.

Historically African American Leisure Destinations Around Washington D.C.

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From the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, African Americans in the Washington, D.C. area sought leisure destinations where they could relax without the burden of racial oppression. Local picnic parks such as Eureka and Madre's were accessible by streetcars. Black-owned steamboats ferried passengers seeking sun and sand to places like Collingwood Beach, and African American families settled into quiet beach-side communities along the Western Shore of Maryland. Author and public historian Patsy M. Fletcher reveals the history behind Washington's forgotten era of African American leisure. Train-related excursions chapters including Storer College, Harpers Ferry and Island Park.

Man of Sterling Worth: Professor William A. Saunders of Storer College

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MUG Storer College
MUG Storer College

MUG Storer College

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16 oz American-made mug hand thrown by artisan potters from Sunset Hill Stoneware in Wisconsin. Mulberry blush glaze featuring Storer College commemorative artwork.
Pin Storer College Pennant

PIN Storer College Pennant

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Storer College pennant, designed from school patch with original text, ca 1900.
Pin Storer College Seal

Pin Storer College Seal

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Storer College seal, reproduced from original artwork by Louise Wood Brackett.
Storer College 150th Anniversary Progam

Storer College 150th Anniversary Progam

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12 pages, pamphletCommemorative program of Storer College's 150th Anniversary in 2017. Contains a brief history of Storer College, the event's itinerary, an event map, and more.

TEE Storer Maroon Large

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Through the Lens of Allen E. Cole: A Photographic History of African Americans in Cleveland, Ohio

Through the Lens of Allen E. Cole: A Photographic History of African Americans in Cleveland, Ohio

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A remarkable visual record of Cleveland's African American community spanning five decades

During the Great Depression, photographer Allen Eugene Cole posted a sign in front of his studio in Cleveland's Central neighborhood: somebody, somewhere, wants your photograph. An entrepreneurial businessman with a keen ability to market his images of Cleveland's black experience, Cole was deeply immersed in civic life. A founder and treasurer of the Progressive Business League, Cole was an officer of the Dunbar Life Insurance Co., a member of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, and active in the Elks and Masons. For years he was the only black member of the Cleveland Society of Professional Photographers. Well into the 1960s his photographs appeared regularly in the Call & Post, Cleveland's African American weekly newspaper.

A migrant to Cleveland in 1917, Allen Cole developed an interest in photography while employed as a waiter at the Cleveland Athletic Club. By 1922 he had opened his first studio at home, enlarging it over the years. It was in this studio that he photographed Perry B. Jackson, Ohio's first African American judge.

The images of Jackson and the hundreds of other African Americans included in this volume were chosen from the thousands of photographs in the Allen Cole Collection at the Western Reserve Historical Society. They illustrate the diverse experiences among Cleveland's vibrant African American community. Social organizations, women's and men's clubs, civic and church groups, schoolchildren and teachers, businessmen, and politicians are all included in this charming and unique collection. In the accompanying text authors Samuel Black and Regennia Williams place Cole and his comprehensive visual catalog in the context of African American history and the Great Migration.

Through the Lens of Allen E. Cole mines Cole's exceptional midtwentieth-century photographic chronicle of African American life and will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in American history, as well as specialists in African studies, history, sociology, urban affairs, and the photographic arts.