SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – The “John Brown, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War” Exhibit explores how the years John Brown spent in Springfield strengthened his commitment to the abolitionist cause, the story of his raid on Harpers Ferry and the history of the Free Church of Springfield, later renamed St. John’s Congregational Church in his honor.
We spoke with Guy McLain, Director of the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, to learn more about the exhibit.
Brown’s desk in which he hid runaway slaves
Wood and slate taken from his fort at Harpers Ferry
Hobnail safe used in his Springfield wool business
His rocking chair, clay tobacco pipe and surveyor’s rule
Documents signed by Brown
For more information visit SpringfieldMuseums.org.