"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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Sunday, March 22, 2009

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
March 21, 2009

Contact: Alice Keesey Mecoy
(469) 371-5987
amecoy75002@yahoo.com

DIRECT DESCENDANT OF JOHN BROWN TO PRESENT RESEARCH PAPER
AT SESQUICENTENNIAL SYMPOSIUM

(Allen, TX) Alice Keesey Mecoy, a great-great-great granddaughter of John Brown, has been selected to present her research paper entitled 'Silent Warriors – The Women of John Brown's Life' at the academic symposium commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Raid on Harpers Ferry. Mecoy will discuss the important role women played in John Brown's quest for equality of all Americans. For over thirty years, Mecoy has been researching her family and the impact they had on the nineteenth century fight to eradicate slavery.

The multi-disciplinary academic symposium, "John Brown Remembered: 150th Anniversary of the Raid on Harpers Ferry", will give independent scholars, historians and writers from twenty-five states and Germany the opportunity to expand their understanding of John Brown and his place in American History.

Held at the Mather Training Center at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, the symposium takes place October 14-17, 2009. Registration is $55.00 for full time faculty and nonprofessionals; $45.00 for graduate students, part time faculty and students.

Registration is available online at http://www.harpersferryhistory.org/johnbrown/registration-form.pdf. For more information about the symposium, contact Kim Biggs at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park at 304.535.6026 or at Kim_Biggs@nps.gov.

The academic symposium will be held in conjunction with the 2009 Sesquicentennial Anniversary of abolitionist John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry. The John Brown 150th Anniversary Quad-State Committee comprised of various historians and officials from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland, are planning and coordinating a range of commemoration events, including re-enactments, art exhibits, lectures and tours. For more information about the 2009 Sesquicentennial Anniversary, visit the official website at http://www.johnbrownraid.org

About Harpers Ferry

HARPERS FERRY NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK is located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers in the states of West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis, John Brown, "Stonewall" Jackson, and Frederick Douglass are just a few of the prominent individuals who left their mark on this place. Visit http://www.nps.gov/hafe/ for more information

About Alice Keesey Mecoy

Alice Keesey Mecoy was sixteen before she knew of her close connection to John Brown. Growing up her family did not openly discuss the relationship. For thirty years, she has been researching, writing, and sharing her passion about John Brown and his extended family with numerous scholars and historians. She has presented her findings at numerous venues, including the National Abolition Hall of Fame in New York. For additional background information or to schedule an interview visit http://www.alicemecoy.com or call 469.371.5987.

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