Historical Society opening John Brown exhibit

Polarizing and controversial historical figure John Brown is the subject of a new exhibition at the Virginia Historical Society.

The exhibit, “John Brown’s Raid in American Memory,” opens tomorrow, and explores his actions to put an end to slavery and the ways he is remembered in a historical context.

Brown, along with 21 other men — 16 white and five black — raided, on Oct. 16, 1859, the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry in what was then Virginia (and now is in West Virginia). The raid was a precursor of the Civil War.

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