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John Brown Lives in Westport and Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN - On Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 the Adirondack History Center Museum is commemorating John Brown on the 150th anniversary of his death and the return of his body to Essex County.

The commemorative program begins at 1 p.m. at the Westport Heritage House with award-winning author Russell Banks reading from his national bestselling novel, "Cloudsplitter," about John Brown, his character and his part in the abolitionist movement. The program continues with a lecture by Don Papson, John Brown and the Underground Railroad, on whether or not Brown sheltered runaway slaves at his North Elba farm. Don Papson is the founding President of the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association.

The program continues in Elizabethtown at 3:30 p.m. at the United Church of Christ with The Language that Shaped the World, a tapestry of sounds, stories and characters portraying the human spirit and the fight for freedom. At 4:30 p.m. a procession follows John Brown's coffin from the United Church of Christ to the Old Essex County Courthouse. At 5 p.m. the public may pay their respects at the Old Essex County Courthouse with the coffin lying in state. The program concludes at 5:30 p.m. with a reception held at the Deer's Head Inn.

The cost for all events of the day including the Deer's Head Inn reception is $40 per ticket, or a $15 donation covers the programs at the Westport Heritage House and The Language that Shaped the World only. Reservations are requested. The procession and Courthouse are free and open to the public.

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