Did you know that the Pasadena-area attracted abolitionists and Union supporters in the late 1800s?
The family of abolitionist John Brown moved to Altadena in the 1880s. John was hanged after leading the failed 1859 raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, but his son Owen fled, and, as a fugitive with a $25,000 bounty on his head, helped slaves escape on the Underground Railroad. In the early 1880s he moved to Altadena where his siblings lived, where he was welcomed by the Union supporters. Owen died in 1889 and was buried in Altadena.
Michele Zack, Altadena historian and chair of the Owen Brown Gravesite Committee, has been working to preserve his gravesite in Altadena, as well as educate the community about its historical significance. Michele will share the details of Owen’s life, legacy in our community, and the challenges that were faced in establishing access and restoration of his gravesite.
If you have any questions please contact Lucinda Haagenson whose information can be found in the Membership Directory or in the comment below.