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African-Americans mark the 150th anniversary of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry
Most see Brown and his followers as heros

Karen Schaefer
The only known photograph of John Anthony Copeland, who was 25-years old when he was executed for treason after participating in the raid on Harpers Ferry
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One hundred-fifty years after John Brown made his unsuccessful raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harpers Ferry, some Americans are still not sure what to make of him. But for many African-Americans, Brown was a hero and so were the men who followed him. This weekend more than fifty descendants of one of Brown's raiders returned to the place where Brown and his men fought and died with the goal of freeing the slaves.
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The old fire engine house at Harpers Ferry, where John Brown was captured by federal troops after a 36-hour siege
This photo was probably taken shortly after John Brown raided farms in Kansas to free slaves, killing white farmers in the process
Lewis Sheridan Leary was another Oberlin man who followed Brown to Harpers Ferry.  He died during the raid
This memorial to the raiders was erected in Oberlin a few years after Civil War ended.
After John Copeland was hanged for treason, his parents John and Deliliah moved to this farmhouse outside of Oberlin
John Brown lived in Hudson as a child, then returned to Ohio in the 1830's to Kent, where he opened a tannery on the Cuyahoga River.  After serious financial losses he moved to Akron where he worked as a sheep breeder.  He lived for several years in this house in West Akron, now maintained by the Summit County Historical Society

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Harpers Ferry National Park

Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society

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