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Black Abolitionist Archive


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Title: John Sella Martin

Speaker or author: Martin, J. Sella (John Sella), b. 1832

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Impassioned and emotional speech given the day of John Brown's death. The speaker praised John Brown and compared the trails and convictions of his life with those of Jesus and John the Baptist. The speaker saw John Brown's death as more a crucifixion than an execution. This event marked a turning point in the efforts to find a peaceful solution to the issue of slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 10 page, 2,873 word document (text and images)

Date published: 1859-12-02

Subjects: Abolitionists--United States; African American abolitionists; Antislavery movements--United States; Slavery; United States--History--19th century

Keywords: Christianity; emancipation; freedom; Harper's Ferry; Henry Highland Garnet; John Brown; liberty

People: Brown, John; Garnet, Henry Higland

Publication type: Newspapers; Speeches

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