John Brown and his raiders killed four people in taking Harpers Ferry, ironically including Heyward Shepherd, a free #AfricanAmerican
of the town.
In life, Shepherd was a porter at the local railroad station and a property owner in nearby Winchester, Virginia. In death, as a free black man ironically killed by abolitionists during a raid to liberate slaves, he became a symbol to people who believed John Brown’s mission had been wrong. Because he was shot while at his job, Shepherd also came to symbolize blacks loyal to the South.
Read more at e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia
Link in bio.
#CivilWar #abolition #slavery