The obverse side of the coin will depict a portrait of George Washington. The familiar portrait is designed by John Flanagan. Born in 1865, John Flanagan is a heralded United States coin designer and engraver.
The reverse side of the coin depicts John Brown’s fort. Located between the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park includes lands in West Virginia and Maryland. The park represents the John Brown’s abolitionists uprising. Consisting of more than 4000 acres, the Park has had a mixture of Recreational and historical events that make it worthy of being depicted on United States currency.
Native Americans used to traverse throughout the park for thousands of years. The Tuscarora people used the park for crops and timber. Today, the original house built by settler Robert Harper is still located in the park.
Several historical museums now occupy Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Many of the old 19th-century buildings are now used as educational hubs that attract nearly half a million people each year. The park is also part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which was operational between 1828 and 1924.
About John Brown’s Fort
Originally built to use as a vantage point for guarding, John Brown’s Fort was built in 1848. John Brown was an abolitionist that believed that the only way to overthrow the institution of slavery in the United States at that time was via armed citizens and freed slaves. This would’ve empowered people to push back against legislators that supported institutional slavery at that time. John Brown tried to start a rebellion in 1859 in Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Even though he was found guilty and hanged for treason, many historians believe that John Brown helped to inspire the American Civil War. The fire engine depicted on the 2016 Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Silver Coin is that “fort“.
John Brown first gained national attention by volunteering during the Bleeding Kansas Crisis. The crisis was the accumulation of political confrontations in the United States that included groups that were for slavery and those that were against it. He ultimately believed that peaceful protests were ineffective and were a waste of time. He believed in violent insurrection to defeat the oppressive system of slavery in the 19th century. The “fort” on the Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park Silver Coin represents the determination of John Brown and his contributions to American civility.
A bell was removed in the firehouse by a soldier from Marlborough, Massachusetts. There have been many attempts to secure the bell and place it back into the firehouse. In 2011, a resident of Charleston, West Virginia, sued the city of Marlborough to obtain the Bell.