Along with nineteen others the Reverend John Brown ceased an armory in West Virginia with the plan to use the guns ceased to arm the local slave population and so start a people's war of national liberation for the black nation held in bondage within US borders.
"I, John Brown am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood."
"If it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children and with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments-I submit; so let it be done."
Rev John Brown.
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