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By JULIE E. GREENE | October 15, 2009
ยท Highlights of John Brown 150th Commemoration HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Delfeayo Marsalis' family obviously has a strong musical background. His father is legendary jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis and two of his brothers, Wynton and Branford, are well-known musicians. "My family believes strongly in history," as well as education, Delfeayo Marsalis said during a recent phone interview. So, for Marsalis, it's an honor to be invited to participate in this weekend's John Brown 150th Commemoration at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | March 29, 2009
With his wild white hair and beard, John Brown had the look of what some Southerners have tried to pigeon-hole him: crazy sympathizer. But local historians say either way Brown is pegged -- mad man or hero -- he has left an important mark on American history. This year, beginning in April, lessons of Brown will be relearned with special events and activities throughout 2009. The 150th commemoration kicks off Saturday, April 18, in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia and continue throughout the quad-state region, ending in December, the anniversary of his death.
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November 29, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is hosting the Hagerstown premiere of "Echoes of John Brown" on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Bridge of Life Church, 14 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown. Seating is limited. Tickets cost $5. The documentary was filmed by Historical Entertainment of Cascade during 2009, in Franklin County, Pa., Washington County in Maryland, and Jefferson County, W.Va. The film was financially sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County CVB as part of the 150th anniversary of John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
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May 30, 1998
By AMY WALLAUER Staff Writer, Martinsburg HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A piece of Harpers Ferry history has made its way back to the historical town after a Cooperstown, N.Y., family found a priceless artifact in an attic. For 100 years, a rifle used by John Brown in the 1858 raid on the U.S. Armory and Arsenal had been tucked away, along with a letter from 1870 virtually guaranteeing its authenticity. Historians at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park call the find remarkable.
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November 28, 1998
By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town photo: DAVE McMILLION / staff photographer HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - John Brown's Bible, one of the most valued artifacts belonging to the famous abolitionist, has been returned to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park after a brief absence. The Bible, along with other musuem pieces, was removed from public display to protect it from the flood of January 1996, which caused $2.8 million in damages to the park.
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September 25, 1998
By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer Filmmakers are coming to Washington County next week to shoot scenes for a PBS documentary about abolitionist John Brown. A small Los Angeles film crew will set up at the Kennedy Farm near Sandy Hook, where John Brown planned his raid on Harpers Ferry, W.Va. --cont. from news page -- The shoot is scheduled for Friday, said Producer Robert Kenner. The documentary will be shown on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series "American Experience" in the year 2000, 200 years after Brown's birth.
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By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | September 20, 1999
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A "one of a kind" collection, including a piece of the scaffolding on which abolitionist John Brown was hanged in Charles Town and one of the handbills posted to alert the public to the 1859 execution, will be auctioned next month, according to two people familiar with the sale. [cont. from front page ] The items are in a collection that was built by the late Thornton Tayloe Perry, a Charles Town resident who worked as postmaster, was a military officer during World War II and lectured on local history.
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By DAVE McMILLION | June 30, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Harpers Ferry, W.Va., is most commonly linked to John Brown's October 1859 raid on a federal arsenal during his failed attempt to arm an uprising of slaves. But Hagerstown played a part in the string of events, too, and that moment in history was celebrated Tuesday afternoon during an unveiling of a historical marker downtown. From Oct. 16 to 18, 1859, Brown and others took possession of an armory in Harpers Ferry. The raid drew militia companies and federal troops from Maryland, Virginia and other areas.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | May 25, 2011
A 3,500-pound granite monument honoring the only Marine killed during John Brown's raid in 1859 finally came to rest Tuesday in Harpers Ferry. Pvt. Luke Quinn, an Irish immigrant who joined the Marines in 1855, was killed when he was sent to Harpers Ferry in Oct. 18, 1859, in a unit commanded by then Lt. Col. Robert E. Lee to stop Brown and his raiders from taking over the U.S. arsenal there. Quinn was mortally wounded when the unit stormed Brown's barricaded engine house. A crew from Hammaker Memorials in Martinsburg, W.Va., spent more than two hours Tuesday morning installing the monument on a spit of donated land abutting the sidewalk on Potomac Street across from the train station.
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by Tom Riford and Roy Thaler | August 5, 2005
John Brown is one of the more well-known historical names of those who have visited Washington County. The dedicated abolitionist imagined his actions would begin a slave rebellion and would help outlaw slavery. The reverberations of these local events echoed around the world. A century and a half after Brown's raid on the Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Americans have still not reached a consensus on how to characterize John Brown. But we have no doubt about his profound effect on our history.
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