Heyward Shepherd: Victim of Violence

[Harpers Ferry?]: Published under the auspices of the Heyward Shepherd Memorial Association, n.d. [1931]. 1st ed. Paperback. 32p. Softcover in original wrapper. 19cm. Cover edges slightly soiled. Heyward Shepherd, a free African American, was killed by John Brown's men during their ill-fated attempt to seize the arsenel at Harpers Ferry. Confederate sympathizers commissioned a monument to Shepherd as an embodiment of the "faithfaul servant" since Shepherd appeared to have been killed to prevent him from warning whites. Many of the dignitaries at the 1931 Dedication Ceremony appear to have been descendants of those who fought against the United States during the Civil War. The Welcoming Address was delivered by Dr. Henry T. McDonald, the white President of historically black Storer College in Harpers Ferry. "George F. Bragg, a generally well-regarded African American cleric from Baltimore, provided the Benediction. The NAACP and other progressives were appalled. McDonald defended his action and remained President of Storer College for several more years. Near Fine. Item #88333

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