Douglass first met John Brown in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1847. Of the meeting Douglass stated that, "though a white gentleman, (Brown) is in sympathy a black man, and as deeply interested in our cause, as though his own soul had been pierced with the iron of slavery." hey remained life-long friends until John Brown's death in 1859. On the top is: John Brown (1800-1859), at the bottom is his second wife, Mary Ann Day brown (1816-1884); on the left is: Oliver Brown (1839-1859) and on the right is Watson Brown (1835-1859). Both men are John & Mary Brown's sons. John Brown and his sons fought in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia in 1859. Legend at bottom center: "Family of John Brown-hero of liberty and Martyr in the freedom of the American slave. He died for you and me."