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SECTION I I Wednesday, February 17, 2010 re S(3rvl,n African American history in Jefferson County CHARLES TOWN -- "There has always been a connection be- tween the African American expe- rience in the United States and the history of West Virginia," said U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd. In fact, Bryd said, "It can be ar- gued that the very creation of the state of West Virginia was a result of a division over slavery." These are words Sen. Bryd wrote in the foreword of "Images of America African Americans of Jef- ferson County." The 127-page book is a product of the Jefferson County Black His- tory Preservation Society, Inc. More than 180 photographs help document and depict the life and in- fluence African Americans have had on Jefferson County beginning with John Brown and Osborn Perry An- derson Anderson and another man (a white raider) held the arsenal while John Brown gathered with his men in the engine fiouse in Harpers Fer- ry. Byrd said John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry is considered by some the first b/ttle of the Civil War, the war that led to the abolition of slavery. Photos of the military include the 3rd Platoon from Charles Town. Madeline Lawson McIver, the first and only black female in the enlist- ed ranks in World War II from Jef- ferson County. Section 3 of the book talks about notable people. A few blacks sought and achieved political offices. Edward Braxton and Charles Branson were considered the "deans" of those politicians. They served on Charles Town and Shep- herdstown City Councils, respec- tiwly. In the area of law enforcement, Robert Carr was the most feared, the most loved and the most re- spected law enforcement officer in the county for many years. The name Theodore Togans stands out as a legend at the Charles "! think the book is fantastic," Tolbert said. Town Racetrack for his knowledge and skill in care of horses. Mary Taylor Doakes, a retired school principal at 74-years-01d still tutors young people. Doakes lives in Ranson. She is .... a 1953 graduate of Page-Jackson, attended Shepherd and received a master's degree from West Virginia University. Doakes said, "To tell you the truth I really enjoyed the book." "I was unaware of much of the in- formation provided." Adam Page Craven was the grandson of Littleton Lorton Page, the namesake of Page-Jackson High School. After Craven retired from teach- ing, he became the first elected black mayor of Harpers Ferry. The society thought the book would be a worthwhile project, ac- cording to James Tolbert. former president of West Virginia NAACP. "We thought a pictorial history would be a good project and when Dolly Nasby came on board it came to fruition," said Tolbert. Tolbert said Nasby was familiar with how to do the layouts on the book according to the specifica- tions of the publishing company. "I think the book is fantastic," Tolbert said. ...... :1956 trainer in the United States. (third from 10ft) U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd (center), George C. Rutherford, Jefferson County NAACP president (left) and West Virginia NAACP president James A. Tolbert, Sr. Deborah Roper Corbett graduated from Fairmont State College. She became the first black principal of the integrat- ed Ranson Elementary School. Olympic gold medalist James Jett, former Jefferson High School and West Virginia University star athlete, was an All- American athlete at West Virginia University in track.