As part of the annual Civil War program at Historic Fort Steuben, historian Roger Micker will present a lecture on fiery abolitionist John Brown on Tuesday evening, November 17th at 6:00PM in the Fort Steuben Visitor Center in Steubenville.
“Herman Melville proclaimed John Brown the ‘meteor’ of the protagonists of the Civil War,” explained Micker, “and many of the issues he raised are still debated today.”
December 2nd marks the 156th anniversary of Brown’s execution at Charlestown, Virginia for his violent and unsuccessful raid on Harper’s Ferry Armory. Micker’s presentation will focus on the influences surrounding Brown’s life and the conflicts between abolitionists and pro-slavery groups in Missouri and Kansas as well as the raid on Harper’s Ferry.
Micker retired from teaching at Steubenville High School in 2012. He has given presentations at Gettysburg, Stones River, Harper’s Ferry and Antietam and lectures at various tri-state area historical organizations. He is a member of the: Ohio Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee; Ohio Historical Connections; Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable; Friends of Gettysburg; Ohio Graduation Testing Committee; re-enactor, living historian, and preservationist. He also writes articles published by the Ohio CW 150 committee.
The program will be held in conjunction with the exhibit Ohio and the Civil War in the Exhibit Hall at the Visitor Center, 120 South 3rd Street, Steubenville. The program is free, though donations are welcome. For more information, call 740.283.1787.