Archive(African American EDUCATION] A very small school started in 1865 with a straightforward mission: to provide an education to formerly enslaved men and women. For 25 years Storer College was the only school in West Virginia where any person of color could get an education beyond the primary level. Storer College grew out of a humble school for freedmen in Harpers Ferry which was established in 1865. It was chartered in 1868, and became an important locus of the early civil rights movement, in part because of its proximity to the site of John Brown's raid. These three catalogues date from the very early days of the college. They list the school's trustees, faculty, and students with their hometowns. The great bulk of the students are from West Virginia, most from Harpers Ferry and the nearby towns. The 1869 catalogue was printed in Dover, NH, the 1872 at the Hampton Normal School in Virginia, and the 1873 in Lewiston, ME.Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Storer College, Normal Department for 1869, 1872 and 1873. 12 pages, 16 pages, and 16 pages. Each 8vo, original printed wrappers. Various places. Frederick Douglass delivered an important speech on John Brown at Storer in 1881, the NAACP was born there in 1906, and John Brown's Fort was relocated to the campus in 1909 (it has since been moved back to near its original location in downtown Harpers Ferry). The school lost federal funding after Brown v. Board of Education ended legal segregation in schools. Storer couldn’t afford to stay open and closed in 1955, but the legacy of the school continues to live on. Minor wear or vertical folds on some catalogues, overall in very good condition and very scarce.