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Harpers Ferry Raid
John Brown "shared with [Frederick] Douglass details of his new plan, sometimes mentioning the town of Harpers Ferry, Virginia, where a federal arsenal was located. Despite reservations, Douglass agreed to help Brown raise money and recruit free blacks to aid him. Douglass also introduced Brown to Shields Green, a fugitive slave who later followed Brown to Harpers Ferry.