|John Brown at age fifty
copy of original daguerreotype ca. 1848/50 taken in Troy, New York
photographer possibly Samuel Lear Walker
Sixth plate daguerreotype by M. M. Lawrence Studio in New York,
Edwin Church (partner of S.L. Walker)
Anonymous owner. Digital reproduction Collection of Jean Libby, Allies for Freedom
Tossed in a bureau drawer,
a-moldering twixt the Good Lord bird
and firebell in the night
Mirrored silver put to right.
Gilt and leather measure the palm
Yardstick law would find guilty as charged
To hang by the neck until this guilty land Under God
Should be forever free.
Jean Libby, Allies for Freedom, April 17, 2014