John Brown's Convention 1858

John Brown's Convention 1858 (HM1CR6)

Location: Chatham-Kent, ON N7M 3N1 Chatham-Kent Division
Country: Canada

N 42° 24.357', W 82° 10.554'

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English Text:

On May 10, 1858, American abolitionist John Brown held the last in a series of clandestine meetings here at First Baptist Church. Brown planned to establish an independent republic within the United States and wage guerrilla war to liberate the South from slavery. He came to Upper Canada to recruit blacks who had fled here in the wake of the Fugitive Slave Law (1850). On October 16, 1859, Brown and 21 supporters seized the government arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, and held it against counter-attack for two days. Brown, executed as a traitor, became for many a martyr and hero. His actions escalated the tensions between North and South that led to civil war in 1861.

French Text:

Le 10 mai 1858, l'abolitionniste am?ricain John Brown tient la derni?re r?union d'une s?rie de r?unions clandestines ici ? la First Baptist Church. Brown pr?voit ?tablir une r?publique ind?pendante aux ?tats-Unis et mener une guerre de partisans pour lib?rer le Sud de l'esclavage. Il vient au Haut-Canada recruter des Noirs qui s'?taient enfuis ici apr l'adoption de la loi sur les esclaves fugitifs (1850). Le 16 octobre 1859, Brown et 21 partisans s'emparent de l'arsenal militaire ? Harpers Ferry en Virginie et ristent aux contre-attaques pendant deux jours. Brown, qui est ex?cut? en tant que tra?tre, devient pour beaucoup un martyr et un h?ros. Ses actions intensifient les tensions entre le Nord et le Sud qui aboutissent ? la guerre de S?cession en 1861.
HM NumberHM1CR6
Year Placed1956
Placed ByOntario Heritage Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 10:47pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 403235 N 4695519
Decimal Degrees42.40595000, -82.17590000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 24.357', W 82° 10.554'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 24' 21.42" N, 82° 10' 33.24" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 123-145 King St E, Chatham-Kent ON N7M 3N1, CA
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