More than a century and a half after his execution, John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry West Virginia remains one of the most controversial events in American history. Join Kojo for a discussion of Brown’s life, legend, and the philosophy that drove him to accept slavery’s abolition as his personal mission.


  • Terry Leonino Member of Magpie, co-author of the play, "Sword of the Spirit"
  • Greg Artzner Member of Magpie, co-author and producer, "Sword of the Spirit"
  • Marsha Starkey Education specialist, Harpers Ferry National Park
  • Richard Henzel Co-author and director for "Sword of the Spirit"

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