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Grange to host 'Timbuctoo' exhibit

WHALLONSBURG -The "Dreaming of Timbuctoo" Exhibition will be on view at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall in the Champlain Valley from July 3-9.

When it premiered at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake in 2001, "Dreaming of Timbuctoo" revealed the little-known antebellum history involving black homesteaders granted land in the Adirondacks in the mid-1840s - a step toward winning the vote for free black New Yorkers. Through this abolitionist "scheme of justice and benevolence", 3,000 African American men from nearly every county in the state each received 40 acres of land. John and Mary Brown moved to the Adirondacks in 1848 to be a friend and neighbor to those who settled their land. One of the loosely knit communities came to be called "Timbuctoo".

For more information, go to www.thegrangehall.org.

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