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The Commonwealth of Virginia sentences John Brown to death

John Brown, Harpers Ferry topic image
11/02/1859

Two days after a jury in Charlestown, Virginia had returned a verdict of guilty on all counts, Judge Richard Parker sentenced John Brown to death by hanging .  The sentence was carried out a month later near the edge of the town, on December 2, 1859.  (By John Osborne) 

Source Citation: 
David S. Reynolds, John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights, rev. ed. (New York: Vintage Books, 2005), 353.
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