"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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Saturday, May 05, 2007

John Brown Spirit of Freedom Weekend in Crawford County, Pa., May 5-6, 2007

The sixth annual John Brown Spirit of Freedom Weekend opens Saturday and continues through Sunday. The freedom weekend celebration coincides with the abolitionist's birth on May 9, 1800.

Donna Coburn, who operates the old farm site with her husband Gary, said that ever since they opened the museum in 2001, "I have just been amazed at how many people are aware and follow the story of John Brown to this day."

Brown is best remembered for his raid at Harpers Ferry in what was then Virginia on Oct. 16, 1859. Brown, and 21 followers, intended to free slaves in nearby plantations and spark a general rebellion against slavery throughout the south.

Their effort was unsuccessful and he and his surviving followers were executed within months of the raid.

Years earlier. however, Brown had a farm and a tannery business near the Crawford County community of New Richmond. The farm is located on one side of John Brown Road and the tannery is located directly across the road. John Brown Road is located off of Route 77. The farm and tannery are 12 miles from Meadville and eight miles from Cambridge Springs.

"He spent more time here than any other place," Donna Coburn said.

Food will be available throughout the weekend. It will be cooked by members of the New Richmond United Methodist Church. The proceeds from the food will help the church's building fund.

"There will be dinners each day for $5, Saturday will be pulled pork and on Sunday barbecue chicken," Coburn said. "Throughout the day will be hot dogs, hamburgers, meatballs and the like."

All events are free of charge.

Know Before You Go
What: Sixth annual John Brown Spirit of Freedom Weekend
Where: John Brown farm, off Route 77 (signs will be posted)
When: Saturday through Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m.

Source: Greg Spinks, "Festival coming this weekend," GoCrawford County.com [Crawford County, Pa.], Retrieved on May 4, 2007 from:


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