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Commemoration Of Abolitionist John Brown Gets Underway

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A week-long commemoration of Abolitionist John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry gets underway this weekend.

October 16th is the 150th anniversary of the failed raid on a Union arsenal. The attack is now considered to be a key precursor to the Civil War.

The events marking the raid run until October 18th in West Virginia and Maryland. There will also be a lecture offered at Virginia's Shenandoah University on October 29th. The opening program on Saturday will focus on how the event affected the residents of Harper's Ferry.

On October 15th, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin will preside at a ceremony in Harper's Ferry kicking off three days of activities. The next day from 5 to 10 p.m., people will make the six-mile march that Brown's raiders made from the Kennedy Farm near Sharpsburg, Maryland to Harper's Ferry.

Information about the events can be found here .

Bill Redlin reports...

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