Finding John Brown: The Artist

Sculptor Edward Brackett's secret meeting with abolitionist John Brown in jail

In 1859, abolitionist John Brown was sentenced to die after leading a failed raid on the U.S. arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Edward Augustus Brackett, a Massachusetts sculptor, obtained a commission from local abolitionist supporter Mary Stearns for a risky journey to see Brown in his jail cell and capture his likeness for a portrait bust. Brackett’s work, now in Tufts University’s art collection, is one of the only artistic depictions of Brown based on an in-person meeting with the famous abolitionist.  See the full story in Tufts Magazine: tuftsmagazine.com/issues/magazine/2016/fall/finding-john-brown

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