"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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Thursday, October 29, 2009

U.S. Representative Shelley Moore Capito Calls for Legislation to Honor John Brown & Harper's Ferry Raid

HARPERS FERRY, WV - U.S. Representative Shelley Moore Capito (R) WV, introduced legislation to honor John Brown's Raid and Harpers Ferry.

The House of Representatives passed the legislation recognizing the 150th anniversary of John Brown's Raid and the important role Harpers Ferry played in our nation's history.

John Brown led 21 men during his famous raid on October 16th, 1859, which ignited the abolitionist movement leading to the Civil War.

Capito called on her fellow representatives to support the bill and also said, "I also encourage those near and far Americans to visit Harpers Ferry and the surrounding area to share in the deep history and tradition in our state of West Virginia."

West Virginia became the only state formed as a the result of the Civil War in 1863.

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