150th Anniversary of John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry
On October 16, 1859, John Brown and 21 followers went to Harpers Ferry, Virginia, to strike a blow against slavery. The raid failed,… read more
On October 16, 1859, John Brown and 21 followers went to Harpers Ferry, Virginia, to strike a blow against slavery. The raid failed, but ignited the slavery debate. Sixteen months later, the United States erupted in civil war. On the 150th anniversary of the raid on Harpers Ferry, Spencer Crew talked about John Brown and his assault on slavery, the underlying reasons why he felt justified to attack Harpers Ferry, and the institution of slavery. He focused on abolition groups and John Brown’s connection to the Underground Railroad. Mr. Crew also responded to questions from members of the audience.
The Friday, October 16, 2009, keynote address was delivered at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church. The introduction of the speaker had been made by Paul Finkelman. The four-day symposium “John Brown Remembered: 150th Anniversary of John Brown’s Raid” was sponsored by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry Historical Association, Jefferson County NAACP, National Parks Conservation Association, John Brown Heritage Association, and Penn State University Mont Alto Campus. close
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