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John Brown Day features local performers

Westport author and filmmaker Libby MacDonald will talk about her research for a book on a remarkable Crown Point girl who came of age in the early nineteenth century when the religious revival inspired abolitionist fervor in the Adirondack Mountains. Naj Wikoff and other invited guests will also participate in this first-in-a-series of commemorative programs that will take place in the North Country.

Commemorations of Brown's raid, trial and execution, events described as the spark that lit the fires of the Civil War, are also being planned nationwide.

In October, the city of Harper's Ferry, in partnership with the John Brown National Park, the city of Charles Town, WV and with the states of Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland, will host a 150th commemoration of the Raid and Trial.

The Town of North Elba and Essex County, in partnership with the Adirondack Center for History, the Lake Placid North Elba Historical Society and John Brown Lives!, and lead by the Lake Placid Essex County Visitors Bureau, are planning their own special events, which will be announced at a press conference held as part of the May 9 activities.

John Brown Day is free, open to the public and will be held outdoors. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Martha Swan, John Brown Lives! at 962-4758.

For more information about the yearlong commemoration in the Adirondacks, contact Naj Wikoff at the Lake Placid Visitor's Bureau.

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