In 1859, news of abolitionist John Brown’s raid on the arsenal at Harpers Ferry reverberated across a divided nation.

In 2009, a coalition of four states is working to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this historic event. West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania are marking the John Brown Raid Sesquicentennial with re-enactments, dramatic productions, art exhibits, academic lectures and walking tours from April through December.

From Oct.16-18, 2009, there will be three days of public education events at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in Jefferson County, W.Va. For a complete calendar of events, visit or call (304) 535-6029.


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