"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, March 04, 2010

"A Delightful Surprise": New York State Senator's Resolution to save John Brown Farm as Historic Site

State Sen. Kevin Parker of Brooklyn introduced a resolution Wednesday opposing closing the John Brown Farm State Historic Site.

"We didn't lobby for or ask for that resolution," said Naj Wikoff of Keene Valley, who went to Albany Wednesday to advocate for keeping the historic site open. "It came as a delightful surprise to see it." Wikoff was one of the principal organizers of the series of events last year marking the 150th anniversary of Brown's death.

Wikoff went with Martha Swan, director of John Brown Lives!, and Caroline Thompson, executive director of the Arts Council of the Northern Adirondacks.

"We spoke to how (the farm) represented an excellent collaboration between an historic site, local arts and historic organizations, and community government," Wikoff said in an e-mail.

Another resolution is being developed for the Assembly.

The state has proposed closing the historic site, which costs the state $40,000 a year to run, as part of the 2010-11 budget. The town of North Elba has expressed interest in taking over its operation if the state closes it.


SweetSoulSister said...

If this doesn't happen, I would like to know how to donate and organize to help keep it open.

Louis A. DeCaro, Jr. said...

Thanks. If you're a NY State resident, you can write to state senators and assembly people. Some of them are listed in my previous postings. We're hoping for the best and we have reason to be optimistic.--LD

SweetSoulSister said...

I'm not in NY State but, I will write anyway.

Thank you for keeping this hero's memory alive.