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The Magnet and the Iron: John Brown and George L. Stearns The Stories Behind the Busts

John Brown Daguerreotype

Exhibit Description:
Quarter-plate daguerreotype of John Brown holding what is believed to be an antislavery flag. This is the earliest photograph of John Brown known to exist. It was taken by black photographer Augustus Washington in Hartford, Connecticut.
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Washington, Augustus
Attribution Statement:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; purchased with major acquisition funds and with funds donated by Betty Adler Schermer in honor of her great-grandfather, August M. Bondi
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