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Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

John Brown

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2008
1. John Brown Marker
Inscription.  
Here John Brown aimed at human slavery a blow that woke a guilty nation. With him fought seven slaves and sons of slaves. Over his crucified corpse marched 200,000 black soldiers and 4,000,000 freedmen singing “John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave but his soul goes marching on!”

In gratitude this tablet is erected the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People May 21, 1932
 
Erected 1932 by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 39° 19.403′ N, 77° 44.458′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Storer College Place, on the left when traveling south. Marker is on the grounds of the former Storer College, along a brick path that is between the Mather Training Center and Cook Hall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Heads versus Hands (within shouting distance of this marker);
John Brown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 22, 2020
2. John Brown Marker
Stephen Mather Training Center in the background.
Stephen Tyng Mather (within shouting distance of this marker); Foundations of Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); The Niagara Movement at Storer College (within shouting distance of this marker); That was the happiest time of my life. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Land Divided (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Foundations of Freedom (about 400 feet away); Church and School (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
Also see . . .
1. John Brown's Raid. (Submitted on October 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. A walking and driving guide to the Civil War story of Harpers Ferry. Among the trails is Camp Hill, along which the marker is found. (Submitted on October 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Heyward Shepherd Monument - Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 21, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida.)
 
Additional comments.
John Brown Marker location image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 21, 2016
3. John Brown Marker location
John Brown's Fort site on the Storer College campus, near Permelia Eastman Cook Hall.
1. Not erected until 2006

The president of Storer College (where the firehouse, "John Brown's Fort", was then located), refused to allow the plaque to be mounted because of the militant text.
    — Submitted December 14, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida.
 
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By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2008
4. John Brown's Fort
This Armory was the objective of John Brown’s Raid of October 18, 1858.
John Brown Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2006
5. John Brown Fort Marker
This is the original site of John Brown's fort. It is located across the street from the present Armory structure in the Lower Town of Harpers Ferry.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,450 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on October 22, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on October 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2. submitted on October 22, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.   3. submitted on May 16, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   4, 5. submitted on October 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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