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John Brown Farm Hosts Guest Lecture and Discussion with Historian Connor Williams: Reflections on African American History

February 25 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


On Sunday, February 25, The John Brown Farm State Historic Site will host American Historian and Adirondack resident, Connor Williams for an afternoon lecture in honor of Black History Month. Titled ‘Reflections on African American History,’ the talk and following discussion will explore African American History and how it can impact our overall understanding of American History. Questions and perspectives of attendees are welcome.

The event will take place on Sunday, February 25, from 3:30pm to 5pm in the Visitor Center (Barn 1st floor) at John Brown Farm, located at 115 John Brown Rd, Lake Placid, NY. Light refreshments will be served.

Connor Williams, who serves as the historian at Great Camp Sagamore and is a dedicated advocate of American and African American history. As a teacher, speaker, and writer, Connor’s historical work jointly focuses on History and African American Studies, and he researches, writes, and teaches on more than two hundred years of racial conflicts, politics, and identities. His expertise lies in bridging connections between historical actions and present possibilities, expanding public understanding of complex national and regional histories. Connor Williams holds an MA from Dartmouth College and a soon-to-be-awarded PhD in History and African American Studies from Yale University.

“Few issues have been as divisive in our history as racial discrimination and the legacies of enslavement. Our contemporary media and society continue to be engulfed by debates over how to honor the victims of the past, meet the problems of our present, and forge a path for our future,” says Williams.

During the lecture and discussion, Connor Williams will explore the significance of understanding Black History in the broader context of American truth. Delving into the impacts of expanding our historical understanding, Williams will address questions such as: How does an awareness of our past benefit us? Few issues have been as divisive in our history as racial discrimination and the legacies of enslavement, and Williams will shed light on navigating these challenges in our contemporary society.


February 25
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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John Brown Farm NY State Historic Site


John Brown Farm State Historic Site
115 John Brown Rd
Lake Placid, 12946
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