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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
Modern abolitionist Ken Morris.  Photo: courtesy of Frederick Douglass Family Foundation
Modern abolitionist Ken Morris. Photo: courtesy of Frederick Douglass Family Foundation

Preview: Freedom Then, Freedom Now: The Long History of Emancipation

Frederick Douglass' great-great-great grandson will be the one of the speakers at this weekend's "Freedom Then, Freedom Now: The Long History of Emancipation" event in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. The Friday/Saturday program for students, teachers and the public celebrates the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Presented by John Brown Lives! and North Country Community College, the event will feature a film, lectures, a new portrait of abolitionist John Brown and music.

Todd Moe spoke with Ken Morris, 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.  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

Recognizing civil rights on John Brown Day

The brother of a civil rights activist from New York who was murdered in Mississippi nearly 40 years ago is one of the featured speakers for the annual John Brown Day being held at the 19th century abolitionist's former farm. The event set for tomorrow afternoon at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid will feature discussions on environmental and climate change issues. david Sommerstein talks with organizer Martha Swan.  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
Activist Martha Swan from Westport and historian Andrew Buchanan from Whallonsburg
Activist Martha Swan from Westport and historian Andrew Buchanan from Whallonsburg

Fight to save "sacred ground" of John Brown's farm and burial site

Protesters will gather in Albany tomorrow to try to save dozens of New York state parks and historic sites. Governor David Paterson wants to close the parks this spring as part of an effort to cut an $8.2-billion budget deficit. At least nine parks in the North Country are targeted. Historians and civil rights activists are especially furious over the plan to shut down John Browns Farm in Lake Placid. As Brian Mann reports, the burial site of the famous Civil War-era abolitionist has been a pilgrimage site and a symbol of freedom for more than 150 years.  Go to full article
Crown Point historic site could close due to the state budget crisis
Crown Point historic site could close due to the state budget crisis

John Brown?s farm, Crown Point historic site eyed by state for closure

State officials are considering a plan that could shut down two of the most cherished historic sites in the North Country. John Brown's farm, just outside of Lake Placid, and the Crown Point State Historic Site in the Champlain Valley would stay closed in the spring. According to two reports published yesterday, the move is part of Governor David Paterson's sweeping statewide budget cutting plan. Brian Mann has details.  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
John Brown
John Brown

Preview: John Brown?s legacy and future social change

Historian Zoe Trodd gives a lecture Saturday afternoon in Lake Placid to mark the 150th anniversary of John Brown's legendary raid at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. That raid struck a blow against slavery. Trodd will talk about the North Country's most famous abolitionist at the John Brown State Historic Site at 2 pm. Her talk kicks off a series of commemorative events this fall that will include a symposium and a reenactment of the return of Brown's body to North Elba. Trodd describes herself as modern-day abolitionist who takes inspiration from John Brown for today's movement against slavery and human trafficking. Todd Moe asked her how Brown is still relevant 150 years after his death.  Go to full article

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