On this day in 1859 abolitionist John Brown led the attack on the arsenal at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. Brown, a minister and fierce opponent of slavery, sought to obtain weapons from the arsenal to defeat the slaveocracy in the South.
Daguerreotype portrait by August Washington of John Brown, legendary abolitionist who led the Pottawatomie Massacre in Kansas, and the raid at Harpers Ferry in This plate is possibly the first daguerreotype taken of Brown.
John Brown, ardently defended by Thoreau, was hanged for attacking a military arsenal in protest of slavery. Brown's sons were killed during the raid on the Harper's Ferry garrison. I love visiting Harper's Ferry, if you ever get the chance to, do it.
Osborne Perry Anderson was one of the five African American men to accompany John Brown in the raid on the Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia) in October More Info by clicking on the picture.
John Brown first came to St. Catharines BME church in Canada to recruit men for the attack on Harper's Ferry to abolish slavery.the attack failed and he was hanged for treason. He was hailed for his efforts and passion to end slavery.