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Osborne Perry Anderson, circa 1870.
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Credit: West Virginia Archives & History

Born and raised in Chester County, PA, Osborne Perry Anderson (1830–1872) attended Oberlin College, then moved to Chatham in Canada West (now Ontario) where he worked as a printer for The Provincial Freeman, an abolitionist newspaper edited by Mary Ann Shadd. Anderson was one of the five African Americans who joined John Brown in his raid on Harpers Ferry, and the only one to escape.  In 1861 he published his own account of the raid, A Voice From Harper’s Ferry, then recruited slaves for the United States Colored Troops in Indiana and Arkansas during the Civil War.

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