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American Abolitionist John Brown born in Torrington, Connecticut

May 9, 2023

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 9 of May, repeating indefinitely

On May 9, 1800, American abolitionist John Brown was born in Torrington, Connecticut. He’s best remembered for his forceful means of fighting slavery, in particular the raid he led on Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia in 1859. The raid was meant to incite a nationwide slave rebellion and heightened already rising tensions over slavery between North and South.

Did you know? Brown’s famous wild beard was only grown in the two years preceding the raid on Harper’s Ferry in order to disguise himself.

French author Victor Hugo was sympathetic to Brown’s cause and attempted to save his life with a letter to the American government asking for Brown’s pardon.

John Brown, Ole Peter Hansen Balling, 1872


May 9, 2023
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