Historians To Present Lecture On The 1905 Niagara Movement

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND – Historians George C. Rutherford, James L. Taylor and Bob O’Connor will present a lecture about the 1905 Niagara Movement on February 3 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Miller House, home to the Washington County Historical Society. This special program is presented in celebration of African American History Month.

The Niagara Movement was an early Civil Rights group founded in 1905 by noted activists William Monroe Trotter and W.E.B. DuBois. It consisted of almost 30 prominent African American citizens who met annually for three years. The group strove to fight the widely-held misbelief that African American citizens were not suited for liberal arts and white collar education and careers. The group’s disbanding in 1908 led to the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which exists to this day as a major civil rights organization.

Rutherford is a founding member of the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society and currently serves as treasurer. He retired after 42 years with the federal government. Rutherford has been an educator and is a Korean War veteran. He is also a member of the Jefferson County NAACP. Taylor is also a founding member of the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society and serves as president of the organization. He retired after 35 years of teaching and coaching. He is also a Korean War veteran and has written two books on African American history.  Bob O’Connor is a historian, speaker and author who has written more than 13 books about the Civil War era. He also hosts the podcast “The Chronicles of the American Civil War” and is a frequent speaker on Civil War topics across the region.

There is a suggested donation of $10 per person to attend the lecture. Washington County Historical Society members and students with a valid student ID are free of charge. Advance registration is recommended and can be done by calling the Washington County Historical Society at 301-797-8782. Reservations for the program may also be made online through Eventbrite. The lecture is sponsored by the The Washington County Historical Society, the African American Historical Association, Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Franklin County Visitors Bureau and the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society.

The primary function of the African American Historical Association is to research African American history and culture and utilize that research to further educate and inform communities in western Maryland and Pennsylvania. For more information about African American Heritage in Washington County, visit http://bit.ly/WCAfricanAmerHeritage.