Thursday, July 1, 2010

Captain Brown’s Birthday Party

Join Historian Amy Godine for a lecture about John Brown on Sunday, July 11 at 4:00pm at the Adirondack History Center Museum. From 1922 into the 1960s, black pilgrims from northern cities joined ranks with white Adirondackers to honor the May 9 birthday of militant abolitionist John Brown. With speeches, concerts, sermons and prayers, the birthday commemorations earned Lake Placid a reputation as an oasis of interracial tranquility in the age of Jim Crow. How was each group able to find common cause in John Brown? How did each group use the other to promote its own agenda? And whose version of John Brown prevails at his home and gravesite in North Elba, a state-managed historic site since 1897? Come hear Amy Godine answer these questions and examine the struggle it both enabled and concealed over John Brown's public image and the meaning of freedom itself.

$5 Museum members, $8 Non-members. The Adirondack History Center Museum is located at 7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown, NY 12932. Reservations are recommended. Call 518-873-6466.

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