Henry Shackleford, a young slave living in the Kansas territory in 1856, has a run-in with abolitionist John Brown, who mistakes him for a girl and promptly "frees" him. Believing Henry to be his good luck charm, Brown welcomes him into his ragtag army and nicknames him "Onion." Donning a dress for the first time while dodging bullets, Onion quickly awakens to the life or death stakes in the battle over human bondage and witnesses Brown's divinely inspired violent agenda: to free the land of slavery by any means necessary. Series premiere.
Did You Know?
John Brown was hanged in an open field, not in the town. And there were no buildings in Charles Town, VA (at that time - WV now) that looked even remotely similar to the building depicted in the opening scenes. See more
He doesn't have a pocket's worth of sense.
Come On Children, Let's Sing
Written by Harold Eugene Smith
Performed by Mahalia Jackson See more