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Groups wants to save John Brown Farm from closing

A group of activists held a small rally at John Browns Farm near Lake Placid yesterday. They urged Governor David Paterson to keep the state park open despite the state's massive budget deficit.

The famous abolitionist was buried on the farm just outside the village after being executed in Virginia for attempting to spark a slave rebellion.

The rally came on the closing day on the 2010 Olympics. Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall said preserving Brown's final resting place would save an important piece of the town's history. He said it's important to protect not only Lake Placid's Olympic heritage, but it's cultural heritage as well.

State officials want to close nine parks in the North Country as part of an effort aimed to close an $8.2 billion deficit. Brian Mann will have more on this story tomorrow morning during The Eight O'Clock Hour.

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