"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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Tuesday, September 17, 2013


John Brown Legend
ca. 1945
William H. Johnson

oil on board
38 5/8 x 36 1/4 in. (98.2 x 92.2 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the Harmon Foundation

1967.59.1145

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