In 2001 Dreaming of Timbuctoo opened at the Adirondack Museum. Through letters, documents,
photographs and words, the exhibition tells the story of Black homesteaders granted land in the Adirondacks
in the mid-1840s—a step towards winning the right to vote for free Black New Yorkers. This "scheme of
justice and benevolence" brought John Brown and his family to North Elba in 1848 to support these settlers.

As we mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Civil War, the Whallonsburg Grange Hall and
John Brown Lives! host this exhibition, and several educational and cultural events that examine the political
war on slavery, discuss its place in North Country history, and its relationship to civil rights issues.

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