Corrections and clarifications: The fire destroyed a building that housed executive offices at the Highlander Center. It was one of 10 buildings on the campus. The other nine structures were not damaged. An earlier version of this story was not specific enough about the extent of the damage.
A fire of unknown origin has destroyed the main office building containing decades of archives at the historic Highlander Education and Research Center in New Market, officials confirmed.
"While physically unhurt, we are saddened about the loss of our main office. The fire destroyed decades of historic documents, speeches, artifacts and memorabilia from movements of all kinds, including the Civil Rights Movement," Highlander's co-executive directors Ash-Lee Woodard and Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele said in a statement.
"Highlander has been a movement home for nearly 87 years and has weathered many storms. This is no different."
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