"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, June 01, 2014

Take Note--
Alice Keesey Mecoy, John Brown's 3x Great Granddaughter

For three days in June 2014 Alice Keesey Mecoy, great-great-great

Grand Daughter of abolitionist John Brown will walk at the same places as did her ancestor. Mecoy will speak at Peterboro Civil War Living History Day on Friday, June 13. On Saturday, June 14 at 11:30 a.m., Mecoy will present New York to Harper's Ferry - John Brown's Journey, the historical account of John Brown's resolve to end slavery. On Sunday, June 15 at 11:30 a.m. Mecoy will share Life after the Hanging of John Brown - A Family's Legacy, the history of his wife and children, especially the women, after Brown's hanging and the war. Mecoy has researched her family history since 1976 focusing primarily on the women in John Brown's life, whose dedication and sacrifices contributed greatly to the war against slavery. Mecoy has compiled a comprehensive Brown family genealogy of 4000 names in a database from John Brown's father Owen to descendants born in the current year. It was Mecoy who chaired the reunion of the Brown family for the Sesquicentennial of the Raid at Harpers Ferry. 


The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum will host Mecoy's programs at its home in the Smithfield Community Center, 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro NY during the 22nd Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend June 14 & 15, 2014. John Brown was selected by abolition scholars to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009. Mecoy spoke during Brown's Hall of Fame commemoration in 2010.

Source: Civil War Weekend 2014 bulletin.  See http://civilwarweekend.sca-peterboro.org/
Also see The website of the National Abolition Hall of Fame

Alice Keesey Mecoy Interviewed on Extreme Genes

Alice Keesey Mecoy, our friend and associate in the John Brown community, happens to be one of the Old Man's direct descendants (through the line of John Brown and Mary Day Brown's daughter Anne Brown Adams).  She reports on her blog, John Brown Kin, that she was recently interviewed on the podcast, Extreme Genes Family History Radio.  Here is a link to the interview, which starts at 23:00.

1 comment:

Jean Libby said...

Best wishes to Alice Keesey Mecoy with her personal journey that will add to the Brown literature.