What Brown Did For You

One hundred fifty years ago today, firebrand guerrilla John Brown led his ill-fated raid on Harpers Ferry, in what was then Virginia. The man had stones like basketballs. But before all that, Brown captained a small militia in the name of making Kansas a free state. To honor this man of action in 1911, Kansas City, Kansas, erected the country’s first statue of Brown, thanks to a lot of small donations. From 5:30 to 6:15 tonight, a brief remembrance of Brown takes place at the statue (27th Street and Sewell in KCK), which stands about 200 yards from the observation platform for the Civil War-era town called Quindaro. KCK Community College historian Charles Reitz and the Recipe, a poetry duo, will be on hand to celebrate the man who fought slavery.

Fri., Oct. 16, 5:30-6:15 p.m., 2009