By Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society
Jefferson County can proudly declare a lot of firsts by way of African americans in nationwide history.
The raid to unfastened slaves that served as a catalyst for the Civil battle 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 circulate, forerunner to the nationwide organization for the development of coloured humans (NAACP), held its first assembly on American soil at the Storer university campus. the 1st lady to turn 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 variety for African Americans.