It’s a familiar name in West Virginia.
Especially the Eastern Panhandle, and for good reason.
Abolitionist John Brown is best remembered for his raid against a federal armory in Harpers Ferry.
He was convicted of treason and also hanged in Jefferson County after this failed attempt to start a slave revolt and end the practice of slavery.
The anniversary of his raid is Oct. 16, and it probably won’t be noticed by many since the raid took place in 1859.
Not that he’s been forgotten locally.
Public tours in Charles Town point out the history, and visit the local site where he swung from the gallows a few weeks before Christmas 1859.
Now, however, others are also interested in honoring his abolition legacy.
Vermont will be honoring him by proclaiming a special day in his honor.
Thanks to state legislature approval, John Brown Day will be held there on Oct. 16.
It’s happening after a high school teacher in Woodstock, Vermont, sought the designation, according to The Associated Press.
History teacher Bradley Archer successfully petitioned legislators earlier this year, and has spoken out publicly against white supremacy.
An anti-racism symposium sponsored by the Woodstock Social Justice Initiative will also be held Oct. 14 at Woodstock Union High School.
Brown will be discussed with students at the school on Oct. 16.
His ties to the Green Mountain state include having visited there in 1857 while living in neighboring upstate New York where he founded a community of free black men.
Historians say that he met with Vermont Gov. Ryland Fletcher, who was also an abolitionist.
It followed Vermont legislators having approved $20,000 to support anti-slavery settlers in Kansas.
Brown and other abolitionists later killed five pro-slavery settlers there in the Pottawatomie massacre.
His widow took his body back through Vermont on the way to New York for his burial.
But that’s not all the attention now being focused on Brown.
Take a listen to this musical tribute to Brown entitled “Glory,Glory.”