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Author to Discuss ‘Five for Freedom’ at Lunch With Books in Wheeling

WHEELING — Author Eugene Meyer will discuss his book, “Five for Freedom: The African American Soldiers” in John Brown’s Army.

On Oct. 16, 1859, John Brown and his band of raiders descended on Harpers Ferry, in an ill-fated attempt to incite a slave insurrection. The raiders were routed, and several were captured. Soon after, they were tried, convicted and hanged. Among Brown’s fighters were five African American men — John Copeland, Shields Green, Dangerfield Newby (from Bridgeport, Ohio), Lewis Leary and Osborne Perry Anderson — whose lives and deaths have long been overshadowed by their martyred leader. “Five for Freedom” is the story of these five brave men. Eugene L. Meyer is an award-winning journalist and author and a former longtime reporter and editor at the Washington Post.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, they begin at noon on Tuesdays in the library’s auditorium. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided.

Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www.ohiocountylibrary.org for more information.

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