Author Talk with Eugene Meyer, Five for Freedom: The African American Soilders in John Brown's Army
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Late on the evening of October 16, 1859, abolitionist John Brown and his infamous band of 18 raiders descended on Harpers Ferry at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers in the ill-fated attempt to incite a slave insurrection. They seized the federal arsenal, took hostages and retreated to a fire engine house where they barricaded themselves until a contingent of U.S. marines battered their way in. Among Brown's raiders were five African Americans whose lives and deaths have long been overshadowed by their martyred leader and, even today, are little remembered. Author, Eugene Meyer's book recounts the story of the raid with a focus on the lives of these five men. Their lives and deaths affected future generations, and their story continues to have social relevance today. Limited copies of the book will be available for purchase. Meyer is a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post. Now, as a freelance writer he has received more than a dozen awards and has more than 50 bylines in The New York Times and other publications including Bethesda Magazine, where he is a contributing editor, U.S. News & World Report, Washingtonian, Columbia College Today and Maryland Life. Meyer has been the editor of the quarterly B'nai B'rith Magazine since December 2009. Listen to a recent interview between Meyer and WAMU FM88.5 radio host Kojo Nnamdi.
- Start:February 23, 2019
- End:February 23, 2019
- Where:Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20020
- Event Type: Food & Dining, Festivals & Fairs, Family
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