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Mount Gulian – James F. Brown, from Slave to Citizen
June 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
“Inspiration Bravery Perseverance Character Democracy”
The Nyack Library joins with Mount Gulian Historic Site, Beacon for a virtual presentation about the amazing life of James F. Brown. This true story of a noteworthy Hudson Valley resident takes us back to a different time, but the values and struggles of that era mirror our own.
Mount Gulian’s Executive Director, Elaine Hayes, will give a brief overview of the site’s key role in the creation of our nation, and then introduce a short video about the incredible life of James F. Brown, long-time resident of Dutchess County and employee of the Verplanck family at Mount Gulian. Mr. Brown was born a slave in Maryland, escaped to New York, was manumitted by the Verplancks and became the master gardener and trustworthy member of the Verplanck household.
A man of great character and charisma, he was literate and religious. His main desire was to become a full citizen and earn the right to vote, when very few African American men had that basic right. The video, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, takes us into his life and times and is suitable for audiences of all ages. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity to discuss the video with Ms. Hayes.