States gear up to mark John Brown's raid

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John Brown, one of the most divisive figures in American history, is finally inspiring some unity.

Historians and officials from West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania have joined to form the John Brown Sesquicentennial Quad-State Committee. The panel will promote Harpers Ferry and the surrounding area as a tourist destination.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Brown's 1859 abolitionist raid on the armory at Harpers Ferry, a major contributing factor to the Civil War.

Todd Bolton, events coordinator for the committee, says 65 events are already planned for the year.

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