musicians-croppedJefferson County Festivals and Events

  1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration  (January)
  2. Black History Month Celebration  (February)
  3. Martin Robison Delany Birthday Celebration  (May)
  4. Juneteenth Celebration  (June)
  5. Don Redman Jazz Concert  (June)
  6. Page-Jackson Alumni Association Reunion  (July)
  7. Storer College Alumni Association Reunion  (August)
  8. Murphy Farm (Pilgrimage Walk & Ceremony)  (August)
  9. Jefferson County African-American Culture & Heritage Festival  (August)

For information on any of these events, contact the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society via e-mail.

Upcoming Event Details:

Black History and Soul Food Tasting
Sunday, February 25, 3pm

The Jefferson County NAACP will sponsor its annual Black History and Soul Food Tasting Program on Sunday, February 25, 3pm at the Ebenezer Mt. Calvary Holy Church in Summit Point.   James Taylor and George Rutherford, founding members of the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society, will be the program speakers.  A special feature will be Lucah Togans, a youth who will discuss his special project entitled “Racial Segregation in the US Military”.  The exhibit will be on display.  Lucah is the grandson of Larry and Carolyn Togans.

Immediately after the program, the soul food tasting will take place in the church’s dining hall.  The tasting is free.  The public is welcome and encouraged to bring their favorite soul food to be sampled.

For further information or questions, call Janet Jeffries, NAACP Community Relations chairperson, at 304-725-4094.

The Jefferson County NAACP is in the midst of its first quarter membership drive and will receive paid memberships before and after the program.  Individuals and organizations are encouraged to join. For information on joining, please contact Ann Nawaz at 304-725-9610.

001jbIf you were unable to attend the book signing this past December, but would still like a copy of the book, please contact the author, Ed Maliskas at or by phone at (305) 807-5785.

The Music Scene at John Brown’s Farm 

20161022_152811-1“I just love this story!” Author Ed Maliskas brims with delight at every opportunity to share the precious tale of one historic little farm in nearby Washington County, Maryland, and its matchless role in fostering racial equality in America. 

In a saga spanning over a century, that farm hosted the abolitionist John Brown as he prepared to lead the raid on Harpers Ferry that precipitated the Civil War.

A century later, it was utilized as the National Shrine of an influential fraternal organization, the Black Elks, during the height of the Civil Right Movement.  

From 1950 to 1965, the Elks rented out their auditorium for dances that featured the giants of R&B: Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Dionne Warwick, the Coasters, the Drifters, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Chubby Checker, and a host of others.

Come and learn more about the music scene at John Brown’s Farm as Ed presents selections from his book, “John Brown to James Brown – The Little Farm Where Liberty Budded, Blossomed, and Boogied”