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John Brown supporters

John Brown supporters
Date: 1880-1889
This formal studio portrait of eight John Brown supporters was taken some years after Brown's execution for treason for his part in the raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia. On October 24, 1882, the Topeka Capital Journal ran an article titled "John Brown, A Reunion of his Surviving Associates-Recollections of the Battle of Blackjack - Bloody Scenes of Early Days in Kansas - Last Visit - The Preliminaries to Harper's Ferry - Several Very Interesting Narratives." This photograph may have been taken at this gathering. The portrait includes the notations "The group shown below were long supporters of the famous old champion of the colored race." and "John Brown Group." The men are identified at the bottom of the photograph: standing, from the left: Jacob Willets, John Armstrong, Col. Dan H. Horne; seated, from the left: Aug. H. Barnard, Col. John Ritchie, Charles W. Moffet, Edwin Bodwell, and F. G. Adams.

Kansas pioneers, Shawnee County, Kansas

Kansas pioneers, Shawnee County, Kansas
Date: September 25, 1904
A photograph taken in 1904 of five Shawnee County, Kansas, pioneers. Identified from left to right: J. H. McNown, 1855; John Armstrong, 1854; S. J.(Samuel James) Reader, 1855; H. K. Winans, 1855, and J. Orcutt, 1856.

Reminiscences of Slave Days in Kansas

Reminiscences of Slave Days in Kansas
Creator: Armstrong, John
Date: circa 1895
John Armstrong assisted a slave named Ann Clarke, owned by G. W. Clarke, to escape into Iowa. He described the event in detail, including how she escaped, was captured, and escaped again. He also described slaves owned by a Mr. Bowen who lived on Washington Creek in Douglas. Armstrong lived on Washington Creek and later in Topeka. This item is from information collected by Miss Zu Adams in 1895. She was researching the topic of slaves in Kansas and contacted a number of early Kansas settlers requesting information about slaves brought to Kansas Territory. While all of the information she collected was based on reminiscences, it still provides useful information that is difficult, if not impossible, to find elsewhere. Miss Adams and her father F. G. Adams were employees of the Kansas State Historical Society and the information received was donated to that institution.

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