John Brown led a raid on proslavery advocates who lived along Pottawatomie and Mosquito creeks near modern day Lane on the night of May 24, 1856, during which Brown’s men killed five proslavery advocates with artillery swords.

Brown’s raid was, and is, called the Pottawatomie Massacre, and the morality of the raid has been the subject of debate since news of the raid became public in 1856.

Grady Atwater is site administrator of the John Brown Museum and State Historic Site.

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