HARPERS FERRY – A retired National Park Service ranger will talk about her work uncovering the town’s African-American stories at a special event here this weekend.

Park officials say that Guinevere Roper’s ground-breaking research – information brought to light over four decades – helped to shape interpretive programs and the first park exhibit detailing the history of Storer College.

Roper’s talk will happen at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mather Training Center, part of what was Storer’s campus.

Storer, which closed its doors in 1955 after West Virginia made funding cuts following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Brown decision in 1954, was the state’s first institution of higher learning open to African-Americans.

The park service will host more events focused on African-American stories as Black History Month begins on Friday.

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