"Posterity will owe everlasting thanks to John Brown for lifting up once more to the gaze of a nation grown fat and flabby on the garbage of lust and oppression, a true standard of heroic philanthropy, and each coming generation will pay its installment of the debt. . . . John Brown saw slavery through no mist or cloud, but in a light of infinite brightness, which left no one of its ten thousand horrors concealed." Frederick Douglass

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Monday, September 18, 2006


19th Century John Brown Tribute Medals Auctioned

The Heritage Auction Galleries have recently sold some rare tribute medals produced after Brown's execution in 1859. The medals were part of the Troy Wiseman Collection and were recently auctioned.

One medal is described as an bronze "french tribute medal" based upon a dies by Jean Wurden, commemorating Brown's birthdate and place on one side, and his judicial assassination (Brown called it "my public murder") by the State of Virginia on the other side.

Another medal is described as white metal with another bearded image of Brown on one side, and an image of Brown hanged on the other. Interestingly it reads "marching along," which was probably an early variation of the well known, "his soul is marching on" theme.

Like Brown's letters, I hardly have the budget to purchase such things, but it's nice to be able to see them. Maybe you have such a budget. check out The Heritage Auction Galleries at:
http://coins.heritageauctions.com/common/view_item.php?Sale_No=416&Lot_No=6129#Photo