Thomas Hovenden (1840–1895), The Last Moments of John Brown, 1882–84
December 2, 1859 – John Brown, revolutionary abolitionist, was hanged by the state of Virginia for attempting to arm a slave insurrection. Considered insane at the time, he was probably one of the few truly sane white men of his era. Salute to the memory of John Brown! One of the greatest heroes in US history.
” Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children and with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I submit; so let it be done!”-John Brown’s last statement to the court
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