On the morning of October 17, 1859, Heywood Shepherd, a baggage master for the Winchester and Potomac Railroad at Harpers Ferry, walked onto the tracks to prepare for an eastbound train. He did not know that John Brown's band of men had seized the railroad bridge and depot. Two of Brown's men startled him, and as he began to run, they shot him. Ironically, the first man to die in John Brown's raid to free the slaves was a free black man. Shepherd, 46 years old, with a wife and five children, was brought back to his home on Kent Street in Winchester (no longer standing) for burial.
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438 North Kent Street Winchester, Virginia 22601
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Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “Heywood Shepherd Home,” African American Historic Sites Database, accessed April 21, 2019, http://aahistoricsitesva.org/items/show/202.