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DIVNET  April 2000

DIVNET April 2000

Subject:

Roundup of events for John Brown Day

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Kyla McLeod <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 19 Apr 2000 14:53:16 -0400

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>> NORTH ELBA, N.Y.
>> JOHN BROWN 2000 CELEBRATION in the Adirondacks:
>>  A Celebration and
>> Rededication to the cause of Freedom, Justice
>> and Equality for which John
>> Brown and fellow abolitionists laid down their
>> lives.
>>
>> FRIDAY, MAY 5. Renowned actor Ossie Davis will
>> begin the two-day celebration
>> with a dramatic reading from Frederick
>> Douglass¹ moving tribute to John
>> Brown and folksinger Peggy Eyres will dedicate
>> songs of freedom, love and
>> sacrifice to Mary Brown.   From 7:30-9:00 p.m.
>> at the United Church of
>> Christ, in Elizabethtown (Exit 31 on the
>> Northway).
>>
>> SATURDAY MAY 6. Gather at the John Brown Farm
>> near Lake Placid from
>> 11:00a.m.-2p.m. with special guests RON
>> DANIELS, Executive Director of the
>> Center for Constitutional Rights, writers AMY
>> GODINE and KATHERINE JONES,
>> and poet MAURICE KENNY.  Gospel singing and a
>> choral reading on “John
>> Brown¹s Legacy.”   There will be a one-mile
>> pilgrimage and a wreath-laying
>> ceremony at the gravesite of John Brown and the
>> men who fought at Harpers
>> Ferry.  And more.  Wear comfortable shoes, be
>> ready for any kind of weather,
>> and pack your lunch!
>>
>> FOR MORE INFORMATION: JOHN BROWN LIVES!
>> 518-962-4781
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>>
>> 24 HOUR WEATHER PHONE        518-523-1363
>>
>>
>> HARPERS FERRY, WEST VIRGINIA
>> The schedule of events at the Harpers Ferry
>> National Historical Park:
>>
>> Tuesday, May 9th -- Opening Ceremony &
>> Reception - 1 PM
>>
>> Welcome
>> Introductions
>> Dr. Raymond Dobard, author of Hidden in Plain
>> View
>> Music of John Brown, Magpie
>> "Torrington 1800," Mark McEachern, Director of
>> Torrington Historical
>> Authority
>> Opening of John Brown Museum and "Designs for
>> Escape: The Underground
>> Railroad Quilt Code" Quilt Exhibit
>> Reception
>>
>> 7:30 PM - "Sword of the Spirit," a one-act play
>> based on the life and
>> letters of John and Mary Brown. This production
>> was researched and written
>> by Greg Artzner, Terry Leonino and Richard
>> Henzel, and is performed by Terry
>> Leonino and Greg Artzner (also known as
>> “Magpie”).
>>
>> A specially designed bicentennial postal
>> cancellation will be unveiled by
>> the Postal service and will be available at the
>> Park during the afternoon.
>>
>> Wednesday, May 10 & Thursday, May 11, 2 PM
>> "In the Footsteps of John Brown and His Men at
>> Harpers Ferry," a walking
>> tour
>>
>> Friday, May 12, 2 PM
>> Music of John Brown, Magpie
>>
>> Saturday, May 13 , 1 PM
>>
>> "John Brown Revisited" - Dr. Paul Finkelman
>> (University of Akron Law School)
>> "John Brown Day Address - Fred Morsell as
>> Frederick Douglass
>> Music of John Brown, Magpie
>> "John Brown's Body" - A Reading
>> "Music and the Underground Railroad" - Kim and
>> Reggie Harris
>> Closing Remarks - Congressman John Lewis
>>
>> The New Abolitionist Society is hoping to
>> sponsor an event on this day in
>> commemoration of John Brown and Nat Turner.
>> Details TBA.
>>
>> 7:30 PM - "Sword of the Spirit"
>>
>> May 15-17 - John Brown Conference
>> The conference will be held in the Camp Hill
>> district of the Park. In
>> addition to papers, there will be guest
>> speakers, panel discussions, musical
>> and dramatic presentations, tours, interpretive
>> exhibits and book displays.
>> All those who wish to attend the conference
>> must register.  The
>> pre-registration fee is $50.  The deadline is
>> May 1st.  The on-site
>> registration fee is $65.  The park entrance fee
>> will be waived for all
>> participants.
>>
>> Before Freedom Came
>> Located on the second floor of the John Brown
>> Museum, "Before Freedom Cam:
>> African American Life in the Antebellum South"
>> examines the individual,
>> family, and community life of 19th-century
>> African Americans against the
>> backdrop of one of the most tumultuous eras in
>> American history.  Developed
>> as a travelling exhibit by the Smithsonian
>> Institution, this exhibit focuses
>> on remembrances of slavery told through
>> personal testimonies, traditional
>> stories, songs and objects.  Musical
>> instruments, tools, household items,
>> objects of spiritual significance, manuscripts
>> and photos of black
>> Americans--slave and free--are part of this
>> exhibition.
>>
>> "Designs for Escape: The Underground Railroad
>> Quilt Code" is a special
>> exhibit that will be on display throughout the
>> John Brown 2000 event.
>>
>> For more information, call the Park Visitor
>> Center at 304-535-6298 or log on
>> to the park's home page at
>> www.nps.gov/hafe/home.htm.
>>
>> Travel:  Harpers Ferry, West Virginia is
>> located on Route 340 about 82 miles
>> from Baltimore, Maryland.  From Baltimore,
>> drivers should take I-695 to I-70
>> to Frederick, Maryland.  From Frederick, take
>> US 340 west.
>>
>> Accommodations:
>> Bavarian Inn & Lodge (Sheperdstown)
>> 304-876-2552
>> Cliffside Inn (Harpers Ferry)  304-535-6302
>> Comfort Inn (Harpers Ferry) 304-535-6391
>> Hilltop House (Harpers Ferry)  304-535-6321
>> Knights Inn (Charles Town) 304-725-2041
>> Northgate Inn (Charles Town) 304-725-1402
>> Towne House (Charles Town) 304-725-8441
>> Turf Motel (Charles Town) 304-725-2081
>>
>> Camping
>> C & O Canal 301-739-4200
>> Greenbrier State Park (Maryland) 301-791-4767
>> KOA Campground ((Harpers Ferry) 304-535-6895
>> Tri-Lake Campground  304-258-1331
>>
>> CALIFORNIA
>> Allies for Freedom, an organization of
>> teachers, librarians, and community
>> activists who look for the African Center of
>> John Brown's raid, are holding
>> an event on May 6, 2000 to commorate Nat Turner
>> and John Brown.
>> The event will be at the gravesite of Mary Day
>> Brown, Brown’s widow, at the
>> Madronia Cemetery at 14766 Oak in Saratoga,
>> California, 95070 at 11 a.m.
>> (telephone is 408-867-3717). The spirits of Nat
>> Turner and John Brown will
>> be invoked by Dr. Herbert Aptheker of San Jose,
>> California, who has written
>> extensively on both.
>> Mrs. Brown and several children moved to
>> California in 1864, eventually
>> settling in a mountainous area similar to that
>> of the Adirondacks in New
>> York. The purchase of a farm in Saratoga, which
>> is now a Boy Scout Camp, was
>> assisted by subscriptions and donations through
>> the San Jose Mercury
>> newspaper and by African Americans and others
>> who lived in northern
>> California in the 1870s and 1880s. Mary Day
>> Brown died in San Francisco in
>> 1884. There are at least twenty descendants of
>> John Brown at the Madronia
>> Cemetery; the historical staff there are
>> preparing a brochure for the
>> occasion.
>> Car pools will leave from the parking lot of
>> San Jose City College at 10
>> a.m. for the unitiated; a disabled van will be
>> available there. Students of
>> Jean Libby, adjunct instructor of history, and
>> Rick Dirck, adjunct
>> instructor of English, are making the car pool
>> arrangements. The two members
>> of Allies for Freedom in California are Jean
>> Libby and Henry P. Organ.
>>
>> See our websites:
>>
>>     www.newabolition.org
>>
>>     www.postfun.com/racetraitor
>>
>> Subscribe to Race Traitor ($20/four issues) and
>> The New Abolitionist.
>> $10/year (six issues)
>>
>> NAS, PO Box 499, Dorchester, MA 02122
>>
>>
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Kyla J. McLeod
Graduate Assistant
Center for Cultural Pluralism
The University of Vermont
phone (802)656-7990
Fax (802)656-3348

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