Harpers Ferry, W.Va. (AP) -- A weeklong commemoration of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry begins with a program on how the event affected the town's residents.
That event is Saturday at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
Oct. 16 is the 150th anniversary of Brown's failed raid on a union arsenal, now considered a key precursor to the Civil War.
But the events marking it run from oct. 10 to 18 in West Virginia and Maryland.
There's also an Oct. 29 lecture at Virginia's Shenandoah University.
Gov. Joe Manchin will attend an opening ceremony in Harpers Ferry Oct. 15.
The next day, from 5 to 10 p.m., people will make the six-mile march that Brown's raiders made from the Kennedy Farm near Sharpsburg, Md., to Harpers Ferry.
The park then hosts three days of activities.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park: http://www.nps.gov/hafe/planyourvisit/events.htm
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