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Dreaming of Timbuctoo

The Dreaming of Timbuctoo Exhibition will be on display at Paul Smith’s College VIC thru Sept. 15, 2012, just a few miles from the black enclave settled in the late 1840s as part of an abolitionist “scheme of justice and benevolence” aimed at achieving equal voting rights and economic uplift for free African American males in New York State.

Produced by the freedom education and human rights project, John Brown Lives! and curated by independent scholar Amy Godine, Dreaming of Timbuctoo situates a little-known chapter of black history at the heart of the Adirondack landscape and underscores the importance of the ballot box and the plough in the political war on slavery and inequality.

Special events held in tandem with the showing at the VIC are planned to enlarge the exhibition narrative and inspire fresh consideration of the meaning of and relationship to land, nature and the vote.

Thursday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.

History, Land & Meaning: An unconventional conversation with historians Christopher Moore and Sally Roesch Wagner and environmental philosopher Marianne Patinelli-Dubay, plus a performance by the Akwasane Women Singers.

All programs will be held at the VIC and admission is $5. Visitors are encouraged to come early and see the exhibition and admission to the exhibition is free. Dreaming of Timbuctoo will be on display For more information, contact Martha Swan, Executive Director of John Brown Lives!, at mswan@capital.net or 962-4758.

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