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Writers LIVE! Ed Maliskas, John Brown to James Brown: The Little Farm Where Liberty Budded, Blossomed, and Boogied

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.  The springboard for both the Civil War and the Modern Civil Rights Movement also became a beloved stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit where young dancers reveled in performances by James Brown, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin.

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.

Books will be for sale at a signing following the program.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund. 

Re-opening activities are made possible in part by a generous gift from Sandra R. Berman.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 6:30pm

Central Library, African American Department
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Event Type

Writers LIVE!

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

Compass Category

Writers LIVE at the Library

Event Publisher

Emily Levine, Manager of Adult Services

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