"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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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Family History--
Brown Family Descendant Leads Osawatomie Tour

The John Brown Museum State Historic Site, 10th and Main streets in Osawatomie, Kansas, will conduct special tours of the site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (Apr. 21) during the city's Railroad Day. The special tour guide will be Mary Buster, the great-great-granddaughter of Florella Brown Adair, the half-sister of John Brown. Buster’s tours will include stories about John Brown and his family not found in history books. The John Brown Museum features an original log cabin that belonged to Brown’s half-sister and her husband, the Rev. Samuel L. Adair, including family furnishings and belongings and Civil War weapons. The cabin's association with John Brown is quite a matter of historical record. Besides using the Adair home as his informal headquarters during the border war between Kansas and Missouri, Brown was laid up there for four weeks in August-September 1858, when he fell sick with what biographer Oswald Villard called "obstinate ague or malarial fever."

For more information about the tour, call (913) 755-4384.

Based upon "John Brown descendant to give tour," CJ online [Topeka Capitol-Journal], 16 April, 2012.

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