Figure depicting John Brown
- Object Number: STKMG:1980.P.130
- Simple Name: figure
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- Production Place: Stoke-on-Trent
- Production Place: Staffordshire
- Production Place: England
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- Summary: Figure depicting John Brown. Earthenware with overglaze painted and gilded decoration. John Brown stands in middle, with an African-Amercian child standing either side of him on a shape. 'John Brown' impressed and gild to the front of the base.
- Terms:heroes & villains
- Terms:18th & 19th Century Staffordshire
- Additional Notes: John Brown (1800-1859) is remembered for his links to the abolitionist movement to end slavery in America. In 1837 he vowed to dedicated his life to ending slavery, eventually becoming convinced that there could be no end to slavery with violent action. In his last letter he wrote, "I am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never purged away but with blood". Brown raised funds for the anti-slavery cause, travelling North America to train men and plan an armed uprising of slaves.
- Additional Notes: He was captured during a raid on the Harper's Ferry Armoury, West Virginia, in 1859 and found guilty of murder and treason against the state of Virginia. John Brown was hanged on the 2nd December 1859, despite supporters across America and the world calling for him to be pardoned. John Brown was admired by many people sympathetic to to anti-slavery cause, but many of his contemporaries considered him a dangerous fanatic.
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