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Hanging of Ol’ John Brown

Charlestown, Va, 2nd, December, 1859 “I John Brown am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty, land: will never be purged away; but with Blood. I had as I now think: vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed; it might be done.” One Hundred Fifty years ago today, John Brown, my Great, Read More

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December 2 — A day for Reflection

1859 — Charles Town, Virginia John Brown is hanged for his crimes against the state of Virginia 1949 — The United Nations The UN declares Dec 2, as the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Today is a day for reflection, contemplation, and honoring those who have been affected by the horrors of slavery.

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John Brown in the News

25 Notable Kansans Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced the 25 Most Notable Kansans between Aug 15 and Sept 18, 2011. The full list and exhibit information is here. Each week the Governor unveiled 5 of the Notable Kansans at a special event. The list was compiled as part of the 150 year celebration of Kansas. Read More

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Ruth Brown reflected fondly on the memory of her father

  This article was written by Grady Atwater, administrator of the John Brown State Historic Site in Osawatomie Kansas. After the article, I have added some genealogical information about Ruth.  Osawatomie Graphic News (link to original article)  John Brown’s daughter, Ruth, remembered her father as a loving, but sometimes stern father with whom she was very Read More

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Proof that slaves did “Rise Up and Support Brown” at Harpers Ferry?

Interesting post on Civil War Scholars [dot] com about all the suspicious fires that were reported in and around Harpers Ferry and Charlestown West Virginia after John Brown’s capture, trial and subsequent hanging. The post is titled “A Dozen Set Fires a Sign of Slave Resistance?” and is  a thought provoking read. Why were there Read More

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Amazing site with family letters!!!

My dear friend, and John Brown Scholar, Louis DeCaro, Jr., alerted me to a posting on a Blog that includes letters received by Annie Brown Adams in the 1890s. Many are from African Americans sending her small amounts of money after reading about her house burning down. The letters are full of praise, and honor Read More