"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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Friday, May 07, 2010

John Brown's descendant to visit farm

LAKE PLACID, NY — The John Brown Farm historic site will host the annual celebration of John Brown's birth Saturday, May 8, 2 p.m.

The keynote address will be provided by Franny Nudelman, author of "John Brown's Body: Slavery, Violence and the Culture of War," and performances will be given by Reggie Harris, Ness White, and the Frederick Douglass Student lub of Rochester.

The celebration will be highlighted by a visit from Alice Keesey McCoy, Brown's great-great-great-granddaughter, and Brenda Pitts, a descendant of John A. Copeland, a Black American Harper's Ferry Raider.

John Brown Day is being organized by John Brown Lives! in cooperation with John Brown Coming Home, the John Brown Farm Historic Site, the New York State Archive's Partnership Trust and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. John Brown Farm is located at the end of the John Brown Road, just off Old Military Road and behind the Olympic Jumps.

John Brown Day 2010 is free, open to the public, and will be held outdoors. People are urged to dress for the weather. For more information, contact Martha Swan at 962-4758 or Naj Wikoff at 523-2445 ext. 108.

Source: Denpubs.com (May 4, 2010)

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