The John Brown Farm State Celebrates 125th Anniversary!
On March 27, 1896 the Adirondack home of abolitionists John and Mary Brown became a state-owned property “to be dedicated and used for the purposes of a public park or reservation forever.” In this straightforward fact, there are numerous stories to be told, urgent questions to be raised, and public and private efforts to be heralded for their significance in the promotion, preservation and interpretation of the John Brown Farm State Historic Site over these 125 years. Throughout the year we will be celebrating the 125th anniversary with public programs, special events, and moments of remembrance.
While this anniversary is an occasion for retrospection and commemoration, it also an opportunity to project the Farm into the future. As the Friends Group, we see ourselves as inheritors of the many farsighted individuals whose care, vision and advocacy have protected and preserved the site for more than a century. We cannot help but ask ourselves what can—and must—we do now to ensure that the John Brown Farm will be of use to all New Yorkers, to freedom-loving people everywhere, for generations to come.
March 24th press event info- here.
Upcoming Anniversary Events!
Save the Dates for these Special 125th Programs and Events (visit our calendar for our full list of programs)
May 1-2: I Love My Park Day
May 8: Histories of the John Brown Farm with Margaret Washington, Alice Keesey Mecoy and Sandra Weber. Moderated by Lavada Nahon
May 9: John Brown Day Observance (Spirit of John Brown Awards and Celebration will occur at a rededication of the Farm in July)
May 19: Author discussion with Jefferson Hall, author of A Prison in the Adirondacks: Environment and Incarceration in New York’s North Country.
June 18: Re-installation of the Memorial Field for Black Lives at the Farm
June 18-20: Juneteenth Celebration Weekend! Special tours, African Drumming, storytelling dancing and much more.
July 4: July 4th Celebration at the Farm marking the day in 1860 when Osborne Anderson, the only surviving Black Raider, visited the Farm and read from the Declaration of Independence.
July 17: 125th Anniversary Celebration and Spirit of John Brown Awards
JBL! would like to thank the Honorary Committee Co-Chairs, Russell Banks and Nell Painter, and members Raoul Peck, Penny Fujiko Willergodt, and Nicky Hylton-Patterson along with our Honorary Committee Circle Members who have answered the call to promote, preserve and interpret the legacy of John Brown on this 125th Anniversary.
New York Abolitionists Circle
Barbara Linell Glaser and Paul Zachos
Alice Green and Charles Touhey
Kate Field and Friends Circle
Alice Keesey Mecoy
Timbuctoo Settlers’ Circle
David and Sylvia Goodman
Willie and Mary Janeway
Matthew Melewski and Jenna Schwartzkopf
Richard Reed Arnold
Shields Green & Fellow Raiders Circle
Franny Nudelman and David Holt
Gary and Kathy Smith
Freedom Seekers Circle
Sandra Weber and David Hodges
Mark Levy and Céline Keating
Martín Espada and Lauren Marie Espada
Ellen and Michael Bettmann
Paul and Suzanne Murray
Debby and Michael Stevens Smith
David G. and Mary A. Welch
Dot Willsey and Norm Dann
Janet Millstein and Dao Chung
Friends of the John Brown Farm
Curt Stager and Kary Johnson
Jane Haugh and Christian Brammer
Click here to learn how you can join the 125th Anniversary Honorary Committee and support the work of John Brown Lives!