The Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center in Rentiesville will present “The History of John Brown” on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Author and teaching associate professor at Oklahoma State University Dr. Jennifer Murray will make the presentation, after which visitors are encouraged to tour the Encountering John Brown exhibit, view the 3D Battle of Honey Springs film, and tour Oklahoma’s largest Civil War battlefield.
Murray’s presentation will supplement the history presented in the Encountering John Brown exhibit and add new insight into the connections of those who fought with John Brown during the “Bleeding Kansas” years before fighting at the Battle of Honey Springs on July 17, 1863.
She is the primary scholar for the Encountering John Brown traveling exhibit on display at the Honey Springs Battlefield Visitor Center through March 2.
“Fewer people are as intrinsically linked to the sectional crisis of the American Civil War than John Brown. Through his actions in Kansas at Pottawatomie Creek in 1856 and then, three years later, his raid at the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Brown forced Americans to question the moral consequences of enslavement and the role of the government in perpetuating the institution. The Encountering John Brown exhibit at Honey Springs Battlefield offers a unique op-portunity to explore not only John Brown’s life and legacy but also his influence on the Civil War in Indian Territory,” said Murray.