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Annie, Mary, and Sarah Brown, ca. 1851. Photo: Library of Congress<br />
Annie, Mary, and Sarah Brown, ca. 1851. Photo: Library of Congress

Women and abolition the focus of lecture in Lake Placid on Saturday

The women in John Brown's family will be the focus of a lecture at the John Brown Day event in Lake Placid on Saturday. John Brown, the famous abolitionist, was convicted of treason and hanged for leading the raid on Harper's Ferry. He's buried on his family's farm in North Elba.

In 1849, he moved to a farm in the Adirondacks to lead freed slaves in farming. Each year, the non-profit organization, "John Brown Lives!" sponsors a series of lectures, workshops and a commemoration of John Brown's work to end slavery.

Todd Moe talks with historian Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, who has written a book about the work of Mary, Brown's wife, and his daughters, Ruth and Annie, on behalf of the anti-slavery movement in the 19th century.

Laughlin-Schultz will lead a workshop for teachers on Saturday morning, and be part of a panel of historians talking about women and abolition. She's the author of the book, "The Tie That Bound Us: The Women of John Brown's Family and the Legacy of Radical Abolitionism."  Go to full article
Helen Demong leads the Northern Lights choir in rehearsal. Photo: Bob Sweet, used by permission
Helen Demong leads the Northern Lights choir in rehearsal. Photo: Bob Sweet, used by permission

150 years after Emancipation, a new song of freedom

Today and tomorrow in the Adirondacks, activists and artists will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

That document, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, freed more than three million enslaved human beings.

Lincoln's action during the Civil War followed decades of sacrifice by slaves, free blacks and whites who formed the abolitionist movement.

One of the most powerful symbols of that movement was Timbuctoo, the colony of freed slaves near Lake Placid.

This weekend, that history is being celebrated in a performance of traditional music from the 1800s and also in a brand new oratorio commissioned by the group John Brown Lives.  Go to full article
Ken Morris is the keynote speaker at the historic John Brown Farm in Lake Placid this Saturday, 2-4 pm.
Ken Morris is the keynote speaker at the historic John Brown Farm in Lake Placid this Saturday, 2-4 pm.

A modern abolitionist remembers a famous ancestor

Frederick Douglass' great-great-great grandson will be the keynote speaker at the annual John Brown Day celebration this Saturday at the historic John Brown Farm in Lake Placid. Ken Morris will talk about the friendship and legacy of Douglass and fellow abolitionist John Brown. The two first met in Massachusetts in 1848, a decade after Douglass escaped from slavery on a Maryland plantation.

Ken Morris is founder and president of the Frederick Douglas Family Foundation, a service learning organization that works to create a modern abolitionist movement in schools across the country. Morris is also the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. Before dedicating his career to social issues, Morris managed a successful marketing and entertainment firm. But he told Todd Moe that he spent his teen years, "decisively disengaged from his family lineage."  Go to full article
Harriet Tubman in the 1880s
Harriet Tubman in the 1880s

Remembering an Underground Railroad icon

Todd Moe talks with Syracuse University historian Milton Sernett, an expert on African American history. He'll give two talks in Canton on Thursday on Harriet Tubman, and the Underground Railroad in northern New York. Todd talks with him about how Tubman became the dominant symbol of the Underground Railroad and is still an inspiration today for many Americans.  Go to full article
Slavery was legal in New York state until 1827
Slavery was legal in New York state until 1827

Exploring New York's slave legacy, past and present

This morning in Lake Placid, teachers and historians and activists begin a two-day conference to talk about slavery.

New Yorkers played a big role in the slave trade in the 18th and 19th centuries, financing and profiting from an industry that ruined the lives of more than 12 million Africans.

Slave-owning wasn't banned in this state until 1827. Modern-day activists say human trafficking and exploitation is once again on the rise.

Martha Swan is with a group called John Brown Lives.

She told Brian Mann that this conference, which is open to the public, will explore the history and present-day reality of slavery.  Go to full article
Painter's new book
Painter's new book

Author challenges notions of race in "The History of White People"

Author, educator and artist Nell Irvin Painter spoke at the Elizabethtown County Courthouse on Sunday. She read selections from her new book, "The History of White People," and fielded questions from the audience. The talk was part of a series sponsored by modern day anti-slavery organizations John Brown Lives! and John Brown Coming Home. Sarah Harris attended and has our story.  Go to full article

Preview: John Brown Coming Home

NCPR is media sponsor for John Brown Coming Home: A 150th Commemoration of abolitionist John Brown's life and legacy. Events take place this weekend at a variety of locations in and around Lake Placid, including the John Brown Farm. Cornell scholar Margaret Washington is one of the foremost authorities on the black experience in America. She'll give the keynote speech at a symposium in Lake Placid on Saturday. Her latest book, Sojourner Truth's America, is the story of the unlikely ascendancy of a black woman and former slave who became a rousing preacher and speaker. Washington spoke with Todd Moe about Sojourner Truth and black Americans as leaders in the abolitionist movement in the 19th century.  Go to full article
Still relevant?  John Brown sparks debate, controversy 150 years after his death
Still relevant? John Brown sparks debate, controversy 150 years after his death

Story 2.0: Remembering John Brown 150 years after his execution

This year, communities across the U.S. will commemorate abolitionist John Brown. Brown was hanged 150 years ago, after his famous raid on Harpers Ferry in Virginia. The remembrances begin tomorrow in Lake Placid with events at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site. Later in the year, organizers hope to re-enact the funeral procession that carried Brown's body across Lake Champlain from Vermont and then through Elizabethtown to Lake Placid. Brian Mann first reported on Brown's legacy in 2002.  Go to full article

Preview: The John Brown 2002 Celebration

John Brown's life and work as an anti-slavery crusader will be commemorated Sunday afternoon at the Old County Courthouse in Elizabethtown, and at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid. We hear from the keynote speaker at Sunday's event - Dennis Brutus, South African poet and human rights activist.  Go to full article

Dreaming of Timbuctoo

We hear about Timbuctoo, a movement to settle free black New Yorkers in the Adirondacks--from the curator of a new exhibit opening this week at the Adirondack Museum. It was more than just a homesteading plan--the issue was voting rights.  Go to full article

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