Poster of John Brown by Doug Minkler

Doug Minkler’s poster of abolitionist John Brown was created for a musical that depicts Brown’s fiery battle against slavery as he carried out a raid on the federal armory at Harper’s Ferry. The poster included these lyrics: “John Brown was right, he saw the light, he was driven by freedom’s song; for Africans free, a martyr was he, his truth goes marching on.”

T he John Brown poster was created for John Brown’s Truth, a musical which integrates Afro-Caribbean, jazz, European classical, spoken-word, and dance—with words and musical conception by William Crossman. The musical covers selected events, all within the year 1859, in the life of anti-slavery abolitionist John Brown as he prepares and carries out his raid on the federal armory at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia and, afterwards, as he is put on trial for the raid. I was happy to illustrate a story about a man who put actions to his beliefs. Up until the time of making the poster I had always assumed John Brown was a black man.

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