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John Brown Year, 2009 events begin.

Thanks to Jean Libby for this listing of upcoming John Brown related events!

Allen (TX) to Manassas (VA); Schenectady (NY) to Saratoga (CA)


February 7:
Allen Public Library (Texas)
309 North Allen Drive 75013
7 p.m.

The John Brown Symposium

Alice Keesey Mecoy, John Brown descendant “John Brown, my father and family remembered” http://johnbrownkin.blogspot.com/

Donnie Ray Albert, opera singer (portraying Frederick Douglass in Kirke Mechem’s John Brown Opera )

Evan Carton, John Brown scholar “The extended family of John Brown, abolitionist” author of Patriotic Treason; John Brown and the soul of America

February 1 through February 28, 2009 display of John Brown memorabilia from Alice Keesey Mecoy's private collection

This event and exhibit is sponsored by the Allen Public Library


February 26:
Old Manassas Courthouse (Virginia)
9248 Lee Ave.
7 p.m.

“Newby Family and Harper’s Ferry, 1859”

Dr. Philip J. Schwarz, historian. The touching story about Dangerfield’s desperate attempts to free his wife, who lived in Brentville, which lead to his prominent role in John Brown’s Harper’s Ferry Raid in 1859.

This event and exhibit is co-sponsored by the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division and the Prince William-Manassas Park Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Allies for Freedom editor’s note: Now is the time to gather the information from everyone’s research about Dangerfield and Harriett Newby. Please share your evidence with Dr. Schwarz, who is the author of “The Newby Families in Virginia and Ohio ” in Migrants Against Slavery, Virginians & the Nation. All roads are leading to Manassas on February 26. Public historian Deborah A. Lee is organizing a carpool.

In August the Black History Committee of the Thomas Balch Library will present a program of the aria “Dear Husband” by Kirke Mechem, the words of Harriett to Dangerfield in the letters that were delivered to John Brown’s headquarters in Ashtabula County , Ohio . The program will be in Warrenton , Virginia – the homeplace of Harriett Newby and descendants.


February 27 –
28 Union College
Schenectady ( New York )

Annual Conference events and workshops

“John Brown Photo Chronology”

Jean Libby, independent scholar. Workshop participatory critical review on Saturday. February 28, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Exhibition is scheduled in Harpers Ferry from July to October, 2009.

The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc.
researches, preserves, and retells New York 's regional history of the Underground Railroad, highlighting the role of African-American freedom seekers and local abolitionists


March 6
Saratoga Historical Museum ( California )
20450 – 60 Saratoga - Los Gatos Road

Mary Brown To Be Honored in Saratoga CA

From the January 2009 Foundation Newsletter "The Saratoga History Museum will debut a personal version of of Harper's Ferry through the eyes of one-time Saratoga resident Mary Brown and some of her children. Mary Brown, second wife of Abolitionist John Brown moved to California after his death to begin a new life. The museum's archives will provide a poignant portrait of the family. The exhibit opens March 6 in the Museum and includes items never before exhibited."

South Bay Civil War Round Table people met Paul Keesey, a direct descendant of John and Mary Brown through Annie Brown, at the photo workshop on November 25, 2008. The cryptic reference is to the donation of vintage photos of Annie Brown and Bertha Cook (her daughter, his aunt) that Mr. Keesey announced to the group. This family branch was the source of the recent public recovery of the first daguerreotype of John Brown (Augustus Washington, 1846 or 1847) that was purchased by the Hallmark Foundation for the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City in December 2007.

Jean Libby, editor
Allies for Freedom

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