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Django, Movie Review~ Tonya Thames & Edilia Zuniga

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Django movie & history review!  ..John Anthony Copeland, Jr. a Militant Black Abolitionist, Rescued John Price from the grips of bounty hunters and fought with John Brown at Harpers Ferry!

John Anthony Copeland,   Oberlin College Student was member of the  Oberlin Anti-Slavery Society and the black militia (The Vigilance Committee) a hybrid of the NAACP and Black Panthers. 

In 1858 Copeland was one of 37 men that was arrested for their role in the John Price rescue, also known as the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue.  When the crowd learned that Langston's negotiations had failed they quickly sprang into action. Wilson Evans, John Copeland, Jr., and Jerry Fox rushed the door guards, and allowed some of the rescuers to enter the inn. A struggle soon broke out in the hotel, during which Richard Winsor, a theological student, led Price outside, where he was led to a buggy and rushed back to Oberlin. Once in Oberlin, the rescuers celebrated their triumph over the hated Fugitive Slave Act. Price was hidden in the home of Oberlin College President James Fairchild, and later taken across the border to Canada.