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“Encountering John Brown” Exhibit Comes to Cowtown

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On Saturday, April 2, a traveling exhibition centering on abolitionist John Brown, one of 19th century America’s most complicated figures, will debut at Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd. The exhibition, entitled “Encountering John Brown,” will be on display at Cowtown through April 30, and explores the story of John Brown through the encounters he had with other important figures of the time, including Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglass and Robert E. Lee.

Utilizing expressive portraits by Kansas artist Brad Sneed, the exhibit follows America’s most prominent abolitionist from childhood to his execution for his role in the raid on Harpers Ferry. From his roots in Ohio to his role in the violence of “Bleeding Kansas” to his plan to start a slave insurrection beginning with the taking of Harpers Ferry, “Encountering John Brown” gives special focus to the people Brown met and tried to persuade to his cause on his march to martyrdom.

Sneed’s illustrations render in vivid detail the Confederate generals, great American thinkers, African American revolutionaries, and ordinary people who encountered Brown. The people who encountered John Brown universally felt respect for him, regardless of whether they agreed with his views or actions. “Encountering John Brown” was developed, designed, built, and toured by Overland Traveling Exhibit. Founding institutions include the Watkins Museum of History in Lawrence, Kansas.

Exhibit viewing is included with regular museum admission; $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for youth, $6 children aged 5-11, and children four and under get in free. Cowtown members receive free admission.

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