"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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Saturday, May 24, 2014

A 19th Century Painting of John Brown Recovered, or Nearly So!

Researcher Judy Sweets
Judy Sweets is a researcher, historian, and genealogist, and has found two interviews from the early 20th century with an artist named Jeremiah Greene.  According to these interviews in the Cleveland Leader, "Jerry" Greene made a portrait of the Abolitionist based on a daguerreotype--the likely one being identified in the same feature with the assistance of Jean Libby.  I am once again appreciative of Libby for introducing me to Sweets, who has written about Greene on her blog, Portals2History.   Sweet's article, along with images of Greene and his portrait of John Brown, are found under the category, "Images in Question." Unfortunately, the actual portrait by Greene has not yet been recovered, although we hope it may yet turn up.

Actual link: http://www.portals2history.com/p/images-in-questions.html

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