|Mary Brown and Her Daughters
Allies for Freedom publishers Daguerreotype "Mrs. John Brown & two of her children"
made in Vernon, New York, in 1853. Annie (left) age ten
and Sarah (right) age eight.
Location of original daguerreotype unknown.
Courtesy the Library of Congress.
Mary Brown and Her Daughters: a Legacy of Equality and Cooperation
in Santa Clara County, 1880 – 1920
The story of John Brown the abolitionist and his militant war on slavery is a compelling one in our
nation’s history. Brown is a controversial figure, yet many consider him to be a founding father of
civil rights in the United States. The story of his widow Mary Anne Day Brown, a California pioneer
on the Overland Trail in 1864, is rarely told. After migrating to the Santa Clara Valley in 1881, Mary
and her daughters Sarah and Ellen continued John Brown’s abolitionist legacy of the pursuit of
democracy and equal opportunity for all.
The project will generate substantive online resources including text, visual references, short
video documentaries, presented in public events seminars:
“John Brown’s Widow Mary and Her Daughters Come Home to Saratoga, California”
September 25, 2012, at Hakone Gardens There are excerpts of researched oral history interviews of
significant persons in Santa Clara County with whom the family interacted.
Jean Libby, Project Director email@example.com
Focus: 1900 - 1910 Issei orchard workers
Sarah learned Japanese to teach English
and protested Asian discrimination laws
|An original letter from John to
Mary Brown about family and farm
life in 1854. Inherited by Lucy
Higgins of Santa Clara from Sarah
Brown of Saratoga, California.
The letter is now donated to The
Bancroft Library at the University
of California, Berkeley, by Lori Deal
of San Jose, a descendant of Lucy.
|Read it online -- in pdf
Mary Brown's Interview with the New
York Tribune, December 1, 1859
and her journey to Virginia
"Yankee Abolitionist" by Jean Libby