John Brown Day

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John Brown Day 2022

Join us on May 14th at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid, NY to celebrate and honor the 2022 Spirit of John Brown Awardees. This year will mark the 100th anniversary of of the first “John Brown Day,” when Black leaders from Philadelphia made their first pilgrimage to lay a wreath on Brown’s grave.  It will be a weekend of celebration. Stay tuned for more information and updates soon!

When: Saturday, May 14, from 3-5 p.m. 

Where: John Brown Farm State Historic Site, Lake Placid

Getting there: From Route 86 in Lake Placid, take Route 73 east and turn right on Station Street. Follow that to its end and turn left on Old Military Road, then turn right on Old John Brown Road, across from the cemetery. John Brown Farm is at the end of the road, at the cul de sac.

Who was John Brown?

John Brown Day is held annually to mark the birthday of the great abolitionist, who was born May 9, 1800. Brown is best known for the raid he led on the U.S. Arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Va., in 1859 in which he and his followers tried to confiscate weapons to use in an effort to liberate slaves from the South. Brown, who was executed for treason, is buried at the farm alongside several family members and followers who also fought in the raid.  

Guests at the event can view “Dreaming of Timbuctoo,” an exhibition that chronicles the experience of black New Yorkers who gained the right to vote after receiving Adirondack land grants from Gerrit Smith, a wealthy landowner and abolitionist. The exhibition, curated by John Brown Lives!, is a permanent installation at the farm.