Akron in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Abolitionist John Brown
Born in Torrington, Connecticut, John Brown moved with his family to Hudson, Ohio, in 1805 and lived many years in Portage and Summit Counties. His expert knowledge of sheep and wool led to a business partnership with Colonel Simon Perkins from 1844 to 1854. The partnership drew Brown's family to the house at 514 Diagonal Road, across from Perkins' estate on Mutton Hill. Brown considered the then two-room house with loft, rented from Perkins, "the most comfortable and most favourable arrangement of my worldly concerns that I ever had."
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While in Akron, Brown transported freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad, which he called the "Subterranean Pass Way.” Arriving in "Bleeding Kansas” in 1855, he fought proslavery forces and gained a fearsome reputation as "Osawatomie Brown.' In October 1859, he led a failed raid on Harpers Ferry, (West) Virginia, in an effort to end slavery in the United States. He was convicted of conspiracy to incite a slave insurrection, treason, and murder, and hanged. This event played a significant
Erected 2020 by William C. Pomeroy Foundation - The Summit County Historical Society of Akron, OH - Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau - The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 50-77.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • War, US Civil.
Location. 41° 5.069′ N, 81° 32.551′ W. Marker is in Akron, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is at the intersection of Copley Road (Ohio Route 162) and Diagonal Road, on the right when traveling east on Copley Road. Located at the John Brown House Museum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Akron OH 44320, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Portage Path (a few steps from this marker); Hall Park Allotment Historic District (approx. half a mile away); Dr. Bob's Home (approx. 0.9 miles away); Glendale Steps (approx. one mile away); Creating Crossroads of Commerce (approx. 1.3 miles away); United Rubber Workers International Union (approx. 1.4 miles away); Howard Street District (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Cascade Valley / The Mustill Site (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Akron.
Also see . . .
1. John Brown. (Submitted on January 18, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. John Brown at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on January 18, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 18, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 18, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.