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Contact: Melinda Day, 304-535-6063
On Sunday, October 16th, from 11am to 4pm, Harpers Ferry NHP invites the public to attend At All Times Ready: The U.S. Marines Reacting To The Raid 1859. During October 16th 1859, all eyes focused on Harpers Ferry and John Brown’s raid to free 4 million enslaved African Americans. Brown’s raid polarized slavery and anti-slavery factions, including national political parties, influencing the 1860 presidential election. This living history program will share opposing points of view with park visitors.
John Brown, the fiery abolitionist, attacked Harpers Ferry Armory on October 16 and was captured two days later by the US Marines. This program harks back to the town under martial law, living in fear of other attacks or slave insurrection. The volunteers of the USMC Historical Company will portray the many reactions of the town and military. Special program presentations will be offered at the John Brown Fire Engine House at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.
For further information, call Harpers Ferry National Historical Park at (304) 535-6029.