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John Brown's Convention 1858

John Brown's Convention 1858

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

John Brown's Convention 1858 John Brown's Convention 1858

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent
In Chatham, on the north side of King Street East
between Princess and Prince Street.


Coordinates: N 42 24.370 W 82 10.513

Map

Plaque Text

On May 10, 1858, American abolitionist John Brown held the last in a series of clandestine meetings here at First Baptist Church. Brown planned to establish an independent republic within the United States and wage guerrilla war to liberate the South from slavery. He came to Upper Canada to recruit blacks who had fled here in the wake of the Fugitive Slave Law (1850). On October 16, 1859, Brown and 21 supporters seized the government arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, and held it against counter-attack for two days. Brown, executed as a traitor, became for many a martyr and hero. His actions escalated the tensions between North and South that led to civil war in 1861.


Another plaque at this location
The Abolition Movement in British North America

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