Region to Commemorate Brown's Raid in 2009

Region to Commemorate Brown's Raid in 2009

Four states and four counties have begun preparations to commemorate the 2009 sesquicentennial anniversary of abolitionist John Brown's raid on the arsenal at Harpers Ferry. The John Brown 150th Anniversary Quad-State Committee, comprised of various historians and officials from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland, will coordinate a range of commemoration events to ensure that the schedules of the individual county committees do not conflict. Officials responsible for organizing the commemorations say that events will likely include, but are not limited to re-enactments, dramatic productions, art exhibits, academic lectures, special tours and much more.
On the evening of Oct. 16, 1859, Brown led a group of abolitionists on a six-mile march from the Kennedy Farm in Washington County, Md., across the railroad bridge into Harpers Ferry and seized control of the town in order to steal weapons from the old federal armory so they could be used in the cause against slavery. But because a passing train reached Frederick, Md., a telegram notifying the army of the attack enabled soldiers to respond before Brown could accomplish his goal. He was later hanged in Charles Town for his attack.

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