October 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry.
Born in 1800 to an abolitionist couple, John Brown was raised to believe that slavery was a sin and an insult to God. These beliefs influenced his actions throughout his life.
He is probably best known for his assault on the town of Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia). Brown’s plan was simple: he and his men would march into Harpers Ferry, take control of the federal armory there, and arm the slaves that would come to him. This would start a slave rebellion throughout the south. Click here to read more about this historical figure and his famous if failed revolt.