John Brown Lives! shares experiences. We offer insight. We celebrate diversity and revel in unity. We use history to shape our view of the present. We change tomorrow by what we do today.

JBL! is committed to addressing what esteemed public historian James O. Horton described as “popular ignorance of slavery’s diversity, longevity, complexity and centrality” that shaped our nation and shape it still. We strive for the John Brown Farm to be recognized, supported and visited as a site of conscience, a place of teaching, reflection and dialogue that serves as a springboard for principled and effective action.

Our work makes an impact. Here’s what others say.

“We are all implicated when we allow other people to be mistreated. An absence of compassion can corrupt the decency of a community, a state, a nation … we all need mercy, we all need justice, and—perhaps—we all need some measure of unmerited grace.”
— Bryan S., Educator, NEH Summer Institute

“Our Friends Group [John Brown Lives!] at John Brown Farm is making incredible contributions to public outreach for the site. The addition of fun and educational programming for kids, within the context of the site’s historical significance, is very much appreciated!”
Alane BallChinian, Saratoga-Capital Region Director of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

“I wanted to thank you [JBL!] for another awesome experience. Listening to Janet McFetridge, Lewis Papenfuse and Dr. Barbara Ransby opened my mind and heart so much more. I hope I never stop learning or caring.”
Mark R. after attending John Brown Day 2019

“Martha, it was wonderful to meet you, and feel much enlivened by finding people so engaged in history, and weighing in on all its dichotomies and contradictions. Who knew in a place that still feels remote in this modern age that the spark of interest in history would be glowing brightly. “
~Fred M.

“Thank you to all the staff, volunteers and supporters who made the Timbuctoo Blues Festival come alive. We loved the audience and were honored to be in such stellar company. May this important festival continue to thrive and grow and may its message of healing and unity through blues and fellowship help create a tidal wave of changed minds and hearts in support of racial justice, inclusion and integration in the Lake Placid area and throughout upstate New York.”
~Sincerely, Eli Yamin