My interview with Norman Marshall on John Brown

Despite all the sudden technical difficulties that arose, it is my pleasure to present my February 10, 2011 interview with actor Norman Marshall about his play JOHN BROWN: TRUMPET OF FREEDOM running at the Moonstone Arts Center this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7PM. To buy tickets go to:

This excerpt did not include a lot of what Marshall said because of technical difficulties however he begins here talking about how Brown’s abolitionist cause attracted different people from very different walks of life. At top is a photo of Norman Marshall as John Brown courtesy of his website Below is a famous rendition of John Brown by John Steuart Curry called “Tragic Prelude” referring to his hanging at Harper’s Ferry after his raiding a Confederate arsenal. Special thanks to DJ Champe for clearing up major technical difficulties in the studio, that made my conversation with Norman Marshall possible.

Author: Dr. Rhone Fraser

Dr. Rhone Fraser is an independent writer and journalist born of Jamaican immigrants in Brooklyn, New York, on October 12, 1979. He moved to Florida in 1989 and graduated from Zephyrhills (FL) High School in 1997. He graduated from Yale University in 2001, after which time he taught in the public school systems in New Haven (CT) and the Bronx for three years. He then began writing independently and finished a documentary play on the life of Fannie Lou Hamer entitled, "Living Sacrifice," for which he still seeks publication. He earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple as of August 31, 2012. His dissertation was a literary and historical analysis of Pauline Hopkins, A. Philip Randolph and Paul Robeson. He also is a freelance editor and radio producer, and is currently producer of WPEB's Freedom Readers on 88.1 FM in Philadelphia.

2 thoughts on “My interview with Norman Marshall on John Brown”

  1. Wow thank you so much Ms. Mecoy. What a beautiful, strong, inspiring legacy to be proud of. A legacy like that makes you want to get up in the morning and work for more military withdrawals across the country. Your great great grandfather is a continued source of inspiration and hope for me. I think that today he would organize to fight against our military economy which does as much if not more to enslave people across the world. I saw Norman's show on February 19th in Philly and what struck me most was his believing he was called by God to do this. I thank you for your input.

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