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Special Events

A Two-Day Celebration of John Brown

October 17, 2019 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Archival photograph of John Brown

160th Anniversary of the Harper's Ferry Raid

The Harpers Ferry Raid (October 16-18, 1859), was an assault led by John Brown, who—along with an armed band of abolitionists—attacked a federal armory located at Harpers Ferry, Virginia (in present-day West Virginia), in the hopes that such insurrection would contribute to the ending of slavery in the United States. Many historians consider this event to have precipitated the American Civil War.

Day 1 - October 16, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Reverend Louis A. DeCaro, Jr., noted author of John Brown: The Cost of Freedom, Selections from His Life & Letters and Associate Professor of Church History at the Alliance Theological Seminary, will appear in conversation with Herb Boyd for a talk entitled, "John Brown: Freedom Fighter, Not Terrorist."

Day 2 - October 17, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Eugene L. Meyer, author of Five for Freedom: The African-American Soldiers in John Brown's Army (named a 2019 Outstanding History Book by the American Society of Journalists & Authors), will appear in conversation with Herb Boyd.