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From John Brown to James Brown
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Join the Contemporary School for the Arts & Gallery and the Washington County
Historical Society in celebrating local African American Heritage by
welcoming a series of speakers who will talk about various elements of
African American history in Washington County.
On May 20th, we'll be hosting local author Ed Maliskas for a discussion on
his book, John Brown to James Brown. John Brown to James Brown delves into a
distinctively American saga as it unfolds on one small piece of farm property
in rural Western Maryland. It is on this site that:
~John Brown led the raid on Harper's Ferry, touching off the Civil War and
sparking the abolition of slavery;
~The Black Elks purchased and developed the property a century later to
create a memorial to Brown;
~The giants of rhythm and blues performed--including James Brown, Ray
Charles, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, the Drifters, and scores of others.
These stories, intertwined with those of a gifted promoter and thousands of
young people who experienced early R&B music at John Brown's Farm, bring to
life an ideal that heralded in America's founding documents and still beats
in the heart of mankind today---liberty!