Portrait of John Brown, 1855

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John Brown, Slave life in Georgia (London, 1855), facing title page (Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

John Brown was born in Southampton County, Virginia, in the early 19th century and, as a child, was taken to Georgia from where he ultimately escaped; he made his way to Canada and from there to England where he died (in London) in 1876. His life story, told when he was in his late 30s or early 40s, was narrated to the secretary of the British Anti-Slavery Society.