Thursday, October 15, 2009


In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry on October 16, 1859, West Virginia Archives and History has created a new online exhibit, "His Soul Goes Marching On: The Life and Legacy of John Brown." Through fourteen chapters, the online exhibit covers John Brown's life from his childhood through his execution in 1859 and beyond, looking at the immediate aftermath and the impact of his life in the decades since. The exhibit contains more than 200 photographs and illustrations, letters from John Brown, family, and associates, and numerous other documents. Also included are a series of lesson plans aimed at middle and high school students.

The new online exhibit draws primarily from materials in the Boyd B. Stutler Collection, housed at Archives and History. Stutler was a noted authority on John Brown who assembled one of the most important collections of John Brown materials in existence. A decade ago, Archives and History placed the John Brown portion of Boyd Stutler's collection online in a searchable database. A link to this database is included in the online exhibit.

"His Soul Goes Marching On: The Life and Legacy of John Brown" is available here.

Mary Johnson
West Virginia Archives and History
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East, Bldg. 9
Charleston, WV 25305-0300

Phone: (304) 558-0230
Fax: (304) 558-4193

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