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The color lithograph depicts a scene outside of a jail house in Charles Town, West Virginia. Pictured are John Brown, a slave mother and child, and several pro-slavery sympathizers. Brown was convicted of treason for attempting to overtake a federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry and was sentenced to death. The scene takes place just before Brown was executed.


Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date

ca. 1863


13 X 9 inches

Materials and Techniques Display

ink on paper color lithography


Recto, below image: PUBLISHED BY CURRIER & IVES, / Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1863, by Currier & Ives, in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of New York. / 152 NASSAU ST. NEW YORK. / JOHN BROWN / Meeting the Slave mother and her Child on the steps of Charlestown jail on his way to execution. / The Artist has represented Capt. Brown regarding with a look of compassion, a Slave-mother and Child who obstructed / the passage on his way to the Scaffold. / Capt. Brown stooped and kissed the Child - then met his fate. / FROM THE ORIGINAL PAINTING BY LOUIS RANSOM.


Brown, John, 1800-1859; Execution sites; Harpers Ferry (W. Va.)--History--John Brown's Raid, 1859

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Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)


Mississippi State University Libraries.

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Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

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John Brown Meeting the Slave Mother and Her Child on the Steps of Charlestown Jail on His Way to Execution.



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