Beyond John Brown… an enduring legacy not always so obvious, in the Shenandoah Valley

Posted on October 25, 2011 by


It’s just over a week after the 152nd anniversary of Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry.

While many will continue to consider the actions of Brown, the man… especially as to whether he should be judged a hero or terrorist… this excellent video, from West Virginia Public Broadcasting, reveals an enduring, positive legacy, in the wake of Brown’s actions at Harpers Ferry… and because of what he did there

Of course, in that this blog focuses heavily on the Shenandoah Valley, I’d also like to point out that this reveals yet another angle on the story, here, in the Valley… one that some may consider often overlooked as a part of the Valley’s history. Indeed, Jefferson County became a hub for refugee slaves from as far away as Lexington, Staunton, and Harrisonburg; many who followed the Union armies to freedom, between 1862-1865. I plan to touch on this more, from time to time, over the Sesquicentennial years.