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John Brown Pike

From the collections of the
Kentucky Historical Society
Accession Number 1939.388

John Brown Pike, c. 1858

82" x 4.5" x 1.25"

Abolitionist John Brown had 1,000 pikes, including this one, made for $1 each. A pike is a long, slender pole with an attached metal blade or spike at the end. Brown’s pikes were to be used as weapons. He planned to arm slaves and lead them in an uprising. Brown was captured after attacking an arsenal in order to steal weapons. Several of the pikes were collected and given to the governors of each slave-holding state.

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