"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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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"Captain" South Lynn Honored: He Restored John Brown's Maryland Headquarters

The Kennedy Farm has been restored by "Captain" Lynn
to resemble its appearance at the time Brown used it as
his base of operations prior to the Harpers Ferry raid in 1859
"Captain" South Lynn


HAGERSTOWN, MD. — (AP) The owner of the western Maryland farmhouse from which radical abolitionist John Brown launched his ill-fated raid on a federal arsenal in 1859 is being honored for his restoration work.  South Lynn, owner of a hardwood flooring business in Washington, received the John Frye Historical Preservation Award on Tuesday from the Washington County Commissioners.
Lynn bought the Kennedy Farmhouse near Dargan in the early 1970s and spent more than $100,000 in personal, state and federal funds restoring it.  The log structure was the staging area last October for a 150th anniversary commemoration of Brown's march with 18 followers to Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
Brown was captured and hanged for treason. The raid ignited passions that led to the start of the Civil War 18 months later.

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