John Brown's legacy lives on

LAKE PLACID - To mark the 150th anniversary of John Brown's legendary raid at Harpers Ferry, Va., to strike a blow against slavery, historian Zoe Trodd will give a talk about the living legacy of the North Country's most famous abolitionist. Her lecture, titled A Living Legacy: John Brown in the Anti-Lynching Tradition, will be given Saturday, Oct. 10, at the John Brown State Historic Site. The program will begin at 2 p.m. in the barn.

While Brown is known as a key figure in the abolitionist movement of the 19th century, Trodd will primarily examine his inspiration to struggles for social justice that continued long after his execution in 1859. Specifically, she will trace Brown's presence in anti-lynching literature, from the Niagara Movement of 1905 to poet Langston Hughes.

This event is sponsored by John Brown Lives! and launches a series of commemorative John Brown Coming Homes events, from October through December. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Martha Swan at 962-4758.

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