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:

The 25th Annual African American Cultural & Heritage Festival will be held August 18-20, 2017.
The Festival theme remains the same,”Honoring Our Past and Present and Celebrating our Future”.

The local and state governments, educational, commercial, social entities, and churches have been very supportive of this event.  This year’s activities include a special Friday night Gospel Extravaganza at the Betty Roper Auditorium. The Saturday program will be the annual noon parade, as well as an emporium w/vending, exhibits, food, health fair and entertainment during the day. The Saturday night program will feature a concert by a named artist.   The festival will conclude on Sunday with a historical march and ceremony at the Murphy Farm in Harpers Ferry at 8 am,  followed by an ecumenical service at the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church on the old Storer College campus.  Historically, a gathering of diverse participants as well as spectators have been present throughout the weekend and we are confident this will continue.

You are invited to be a participant in our Saturday Parade, August 19th.  The parade originates in Ranson and concludes in Charles Town, usually running one mile. The parade kickoff at 12 noon. All parade units participating will be given a special commemorative plaque depicting this major event.  If you wish to participate and for planning purposes, please complete the enclosed application and return by July 20.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Parade Co-Coordinators:

Wanda Hughes    Jean Roberts       George Rutherford
304-725-3243      304-725-7435       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 event will be held at the Fishermen’s Hall, located at the corner of S. West and Academy Streets in Charles Town, West Virginia.  Refreshments will be served, and music from the artists who performed at John Brown’s Farm will be played.  Please come out and join us for a fun afternoon of good memories and great music!

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”