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Gaithersburg Book Festival

May 19 @ 10:00 am


I am scheduled to be a Featured Presenter at this annual book festival held on the Gaithersburg, Md. City Hall grounds.  I will be discussing my new book FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers in John Brown’s Army, a story from the past that very much resonates in the present. These five men have long been overshadowed by their martyred leader, treated if at all as footnotes to this watershed event in our history that most historians agree was a catalyst to the bloody civil war that followed.  I write – and will speak about — the world into which they were born and grew to manhood, how their paths converged at this fateful time and place, their lives and deaths and the aftermath, their legacies that have affected generations not only of their descendants but of us all.

In advance of publication, Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly had this to say about FIVE FOR FREEDOM:

“Eugene Meyer has given the story of John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry new meaning and relevance by restoring Brown’s black collaborators to their rightful place in historyFive for Freedom elevates the names Newby, Anderson, Copeland, Leary, and Green to stand with Brown as individuals who were willing to sacrifice their own lives to rid our country of the horror of chattel slavery.”

Scheduling details will be posted here as they become available.



May 19
10:00 am


Gaithersburg Book Festival


Gaithersburg City Halll grounds
Gaithersburg, MD United States + Google Map