Saranac Lake John Brown Lives! and North Country Community College are proud to announce that Maine artist Robert Shetterly will be present for the unveiling of his portrait of abolitionist John Brown during “Freedom Now, Freedom Then: The Long History of Emancipation.”
The two-day program designed for students, educators and the general public will take place Nov. 30 through Dec. 1 in various venues in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid.
Brown is one of the newest additions to the “Americans Who Tell the Truth” project that Shetterly began 10 years ago using portraits of contemporary and historical figures and their own words to offer a “link between a community of people who struggled for justice in our past and a community of people who are doing it now.”
With this portrait, Brown joins Shetterly’s pantheon of more than 180 Truth Tellers that includes Abraham Lincoln, Sojourner Truth and Mark Twain from the nation’s past, and Bill McKibben, James Baldwin, Michelle Alexander, and Jonathan Kozol. Shetterly’s portraits have been exhibited across the country.
His painting of Brown will be unveiled on Friday, Nov. 30, at NCCC’s Saranac Lake campus, at the opening program. Several other Shetterly paintings will also be exhibited at the college and at the other venues where events will be taking place.
Geared for area high school and college students, their teachers and professors, the Friday program will also feature independent scholar Amy Godine and Kenneth Morris, Jr., the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass.