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John Brown to James Brown:  The Little Farm Where Liberty Budded, Blossomed and Boogied

The Friends of HRL are hosting author Ed Maliskas to discuss his latest book “John Brown to James Brown: The Little Farm Where Liberty Budded, Bloomed, and Boogied.” Ed will highlight details of the untold story of the Kennedy Farm (John Brown's Farm) in southern Washington County, which is arguably America's foremost Black History and was purchased by the IBPOEW ("Black Elks") and served as their headquarters from 1950-1966. The property was the site where John Brown had trained his troops in anticipation of his raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. The Elks purchased the property as a memorial to Brown and built several buildings on the 235 acre property, including a 50' by 124' auditorium that was used as a meeting place for Elks gatherings of up to three thousand persons on Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. The auditorium was rented on summer weekends by a local black entrepreneur, John Bishop, who booked into the venue dozens of the biggest stars of rhythm and blues, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, B. B. King, Otis Redding, and more.

This book talk will take place Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Robinson Auditorium at Handley Library. Books will be available to purchase, provided by the author.

Thursday, November 2, 2017
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Handley Robinson Auditorium
Handley Library
Programs for Grown-Ups  

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Barbara Dickinson

Executive Director, Friends of HRL

Phone 540/662-9041 Ext 31

Email friends@handleyregional.org