The Monroe County Historical Museum will be on the forefront of commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War (2011-2015) with lectures, programs and special displays.
The museum’s inaugural lecture will be presented to the Monroe County Civil War Roundtable* at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at the Ellis Reference &Information Center, 3700 S. Custer Road,Monroe. (*I believe the public is invited to attend Roundtable lectures. Contact the museum for verification).
John Gibney, Monroe County Historical Museum director, will present a lecture on John Brown and the Insurrection at Harpers Ferry.
Join John for a historical debate on whether John Brown was a terrorist or a freedom fighter?
HHT note: A historical marker on the north side of Congress at St. Antoine in Detroit denotes the William Webb House. It was at this house that John Brown revealed his plan to seize the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry to renowned orator, former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. While Douglass called the plan a “grave mistake” Brown was able to garner support from guests in attendance. Read more about this site and other Civil War sites in my updated guidebook: Glory, Valor & Sacrifice Southeast Michigan’s Contribution to the Civil War.