Camp Nelson

J.R. Clifford was one of many soldiers to pass through Camp Nelson during the Civil War. Originally created as a Union supply depot and hospital in Kentucky, Camp Nelson became a recruitment and training center for African American soldiers. It is likely that over 10,000 African American recruits were trained at Camp Nelson. Unlike white […]

The Niagara Movement

The second meeting of the Niagara Movement was held August 15-19, 1906 at Storer College in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The meeting was attended by J.R. Clifford, as well as other African American luminaries of the era, including W.E.B. Dubois. The Niagara Movement was founded by Dubois and named for the location of its first […]

DuBois High School History

The DuBois High School in Fayette County was established in 1917 to serve African-American students during the era of segregation in West Virginia. Despite the fact that the school had less space and less up-to-date teaching materials than the white high school, teachers still did their best to make sure that students received a good […]

The Clifford Family

John Robert (J.R.) Clifford was born in 1848, to Isaac Clifford (c.1824 – c.1903) and Satilpa Kent Clifford (c.1816 – c.1850) in what is now Grant County, West Virginia. J.R. had two older brothers, Theodore and David. The ancestors of both Isaac Clifford and Satilpa Kent Clifford can be traced back to the late 1700s […]

J.R. Clifford honored with a stamp

In 2009, the U.S. Postal Service produced a set of stamps honoring civil rights pioneers, including J.R. Clifford. We were so excited to see a local hero receive national recognition that we had a celebration, and in the process got to meet some of Clifford’s descendants. The images below show the stamps, and a group […]