John Brown

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Recognizes Anniversary Of John Brown Raid

The raid took place more than 160 years ago and is thought of as one of the events that precipitated the Civil War.

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December 2, 1859: John Brown Hanged For Raid on Harper's Ferry

On December 2, 1859, abolitionist John Brown was hanged in Charles Town for treason for his raid on the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry six weeks earlier.…

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August 15, 1906: Niagara Movement Meets in Harpers Ferry

The Niagara Movement—an important civil rights group—held its first public meeting at Harpers Ferry’s Storer College on August 15, 1906.The movement…

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October 16, 1859: John Brown Captures U.S. Armory

On the night of October 16, 1859, a band of antislavery men under John Brown captured the U.S. armory at Harpers Ferry. Earlier in the year, Brown had…

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