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By Inc. Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society,Sen. Robert C. Byrd

Jefferson County can proudly declare lots of firsts by way of African american citizens in nationwide heritage. The raid to loose slaves that served as a catalyst for the Civil warfare was once led via abolitionist John Brown in Harpers Ferry. the 1st guy wounded within the uprising used to be Heyward Shepherd, a unfastened African American and a Jefferson County resident. Pres. Abraham Lincoln appointed Jefferson County local Martin Robison Delany because the first African American box officer of the Civil warfare. In 1906, the Niagara flow, forerunner to the nationwide organization for the development of coloured humans (NAACP), held its first assembly on American soil at the Storer collage campus. the 1st lady to develop into the trainer of a men's collage basketball workforce used to be additionally an African American from Jefferson County. also, the coloured Horse exhibit held in Charles city was once the 1st of its sort for African Americans.

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