"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, December 09, 2009

The Return of John Brown's Body to Essex County Reenacted

LAKE PLACID - A procession of Essex County supervisors brought John Brown's coffin out of the Board of Supervisors' chambers, where it had lain overnight, to a waiting horse-drawn wagon Monday morning, which brought the coffin to Brown's farm in North Elba.

After the wagon left, county Historian Margaret Gibbs dedicated an Underground Railroad Heritage Trail sign outside the building.

A graveside memorial service will be held for Brown at 11 a.m. today, followed by church bells ringing throughout the region.

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