"Posterity will owe everlasting thanks to John Brown for lifting up once more to the gaze of a nation grown fat and flabby on the garbage of lust and oppression, a true standard of heroic philanthropy, and each coming generation will pay its installment of the debt. . . . John Brown saw slavery through no mist or cloud, but in a light of infinite brightness, which left no one of its ten thousand horrors concealed." Frederick Douglass

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

John Brown Among 4 Named to National Abolition Hall of Fame

(Peterboro, N.Y.) AP -- He was hanged for leading a raid on a federal arsenal nearly 150 years ago. Later this year, John Brown will be inducted into the National Abolition Hall of Fame.

The organization was established in 2005 to pay tribute to historical figures who worked to end slavery in the United States. The inaugural inductees include Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.

The second class of inductees was announced Wednesday in the Madison County hamlet of Peterboro, about 20 miles east of Syracuse. Organizers of the Abolition Hall of Fame hope to create a museum in Peterboro to honor people who fought against slavery.

Upstate New York was a key link in the Underground Railroad used by escaped slaves to reach Canada in the years before and during the Civil War.

John Brown led the raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia in 1859. He's buried just outside Lake Placid. This year's class of inductees also includes Sojourner Truth, Lydia Maria Child, and Wendell Phillips.

Induction ceremonies will be held October 20 at Colgate University in Madison County. ©2007 Associated Press. All rights reserved.


Gwendolyn said...

hi Lou.

do you know for certain he is being inducted on the 2nd go round?


Louis A. DeCaro, Jr. said...

Hi Gwen

Yes, it's certain. At least I've been asked to speak on Brown's behalf at the induction, so I guess that's pretty certain.