New York, NY (October 14, 2009) —On October 16, 1859, John Brown and his followers attacked the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. The daring raid was part of a scheme to end slavery by any means. In recognition of the 150th anniversary of this historic event, the Gilder Lehrman Institute presents a special online exhibition tracing Brown’s path to Harpers Ferry and the shocks his action sent beyond the moment and into the annals of American history.

This online exhibition, on view at, gives viewers the chance to explore documents, photographs, and other rare materials selected from


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