JOHN BROWN 150th COMMEMORATION
Symposium: John Brown: Slavery and the Legacy of Violence in Our Time
Dubbed one of the most controversial figures in American history, John Brown, 150 years after his death, remains a stimulant to discussion on the subject of slavery and the use of violence to achieve political and social change. Who was John Brown? To some, he was a terrorist, to others a martyr and the first to stand against the violence of slavery. To many, his words and actions set our nation on the path to Civil War which reunified the nation with federal laws that abolished slavery.
The abolitionist John Brown moved his family to North Elba (Lake Placid) in 1849 to assist with the free black settlement called "Timbucto". Ten years later, John Brown and his followers attacked the U.S. Arsenal at Harper's Ferry in an ill-fated attempt to incite a slave revolt. He was subsequently tried, convicted and executed, and Brown's body was transported back to his home in Lake Placid, New York in the Adirondacks, and laid to rest.
Join the discussion From December 4-8, 2009. Be part of the John Brown Coming Home Commemoration, which includes a series of events that will examine John Brown's impact on the country leading up to the civil war, the use of violence, and on the ongoing efforts to end slavery and human rights abuses in this country and worldwide; and re-enactments of his cortege home, body laying in state at the Essex County Courthouse, burial at his farm, and memorial service.
Distinguished presenters include:
Reenactments and Memorial Service
Reception at the Deer's Head Inn, where Mary Brown and friends stayed
For more information and registration, go to www.johnbrowncominghome.com.