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Annual Commemoration at John Brown Farm This Weekend

By Pat Bradley

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Lake Placid, NY – The John Brown Farm Historic Site is just outside Lake Placid. The abolitionist is buried on the grounds with other members of his family. In the 1930's, members of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP began a annual pilgrimage to the farm. The group John Brown Lives! continues that tradition with an annual commemoration. Director Martha Swan says this year is more poignant because it is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War......
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John Brown Historic Farm Site Manager Brendan Mills says John Brown was a farmer who devoted his life to fighting slavery.......
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The focus of the event Saturday afternoon is environmental and climate justice. Martha Swan says it's a way to link the past with the present......
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Swan says she is seeing a change in perspective about John Brown and his work.....
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John Brown was living at his Lake Placid farm when he planned his ill-fated raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry in 1859.
The John Brown Day events will begin Saturday at one o'clock.