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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

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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