Perhaps more importantly, Harpers Ferry was located along the rail and accessible to attendees throughout the Border South, upper Midwest, and East Coast. The town was home to Storer College, a black institution and learning environment closely aligned with the goals of the Niagara Movement. With faculty and administrators opening their homes, and with the support of the college, attendees to the meeting were able to enjoy dignified accommodations. This was an important consideration given the meeting of the previous year that was supposed to be held in northern New York but was later moved to the Canadian border owing to discrimination at white-owned hotels.
W.E.B. DuBois led the meetings and Harpers Ferry and published his Address to the Country where he expressed his demands for political and civil rights. The Niagara Movement grew in influence in the years that followed and DuBois and several of the leaders of this organization played an instrumental role in the foundation of the NAACP in 1909.