"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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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

John Brown 150th Commemoration Begins at Lake Placid, New York

Friday, May 8
Santa Fe Trail, film starring Raymond Massey as John Brown, Errol Flynn, Olivia deHavilland and Ronald Reagan; post screening discussion led by Brendan Mills, John Brown Farm Site Manager. 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Old County Courthouse in Elizabethtown

Saturday, May 9
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at John Brown Farm State Historic Site, Lake Placid, featuring:

•“Black & Brown: A Contemporary Perspective on John Brown’s Impact on Black America”, the keynote address by JW Wiley, Director of Center for Diversity, Pluralism and Inclusion, SUNY Plattsburgh

• Sandra Weber portrays Mary Brown in “Times of Trouble”, with musician David Hodges

• Anti-slavery singer Jim Mandracchia performs hymns and freedom ballads

• Author and filmmaker Libby MacDonald discusses her forthcoming book about a Crown Point girl who came of age when religious revivalism stirred abolitionist fervor in the Adirondacks

• Brad Hurlburt reads John Brown’s last letter home to his wife Mary

Refreshments will be available. Free

Contact John Browns Lives! for more information: 962-4758

John Brown 2009 Commemoration is sponsored by John Brown Lives!, the John Brown Farm State Historic Site, the Adirondack History Museum, and the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau

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