John Brown’s father, Owen Brown, was a dedicated peaceful abolitionist who advocated that African-Americans deserved an equal opportunity for education.

Owen Brown asserted that African-Americans’ lack of civil rights and spiritual grown were being denied because of their lack of education.

Owen Brown wrote a letter to the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society on April 27, 1837, in which he stated: “Resolved, that education lies at the foundation of elevation in civil and religious liberty, and that it is expedient that there should be a State Anti-Slavery Education Society formed, and that it be recommended to the county and town societies to form societies auxiliary to the State Anti-Slavery Society.”

Owen Brown proceeded to list the reasons that he believed that the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society should form an Anti-Slavery

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