Brown (left), the abolitionist zealot, as he appeared in the 1840s; Brown lived in this
small house (right) from 1844 to 1846 while in the employ of Perkins.
The Akron home of abolitionist John Brown stands at Copley and
Diagonal roads in West Akron. Brown moved here in 1844 and worked with Simon Perkins, Jr.
in the wool trade. The Perkins' family mansion still stands across the street from Brown's
home. The famous abolitionist moved on to win fame in Kansas and at Harper's Ferry. He is
now recognized by a permanent exhibit showing his significance as a symbolic hero and
martyr of the anti-slavery movement.