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John Brown Memorial Walk, Book Talk & Book Signing

December 2, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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TORRINGTON, CT — The Torrington Historical Society and The John Brown Project are pleased to present a memorial walk at the John Brown Birthplace as well as a book talk and signing on December 2, 2023, beginning at 2 pm. Both events are free and open to the public. All are welcome. Registration is NOT required

The memorial walk, held on the anniversary of John Brown’s hanging, will take place at the John Brown Birthplace, John Brown Road, Torrington CT. This annual event commemorates the life of Torrington native John Brown and all those who sacrificed for the cause of racial equality in America. The event includes speakers, wreath laying and a walk around the ¾ mile John Brown Trail.

A Book Talk will be held at 4 pm at Trinity Church, 220 Prospect Street in Torrington. Independent scholar Amy Godine, author of The Black Woods (Cornell University Press 2023), will discuss the experience of Black Americans in the Adirondacks, including Timbuctoo, the settlement John Brown helped establish near Lake Placid. The book signing follows the talk, along with cookies, coffee, and tea.
ABOUT THE BLACK WOODS: Pursuing Racial Justice on the Adirondack Frontier
By Amy Godine
Cornell University Press, Nov. 2023, Hardcover $34.95

The Black Woods chronicles the history of Black pioneers in New York’s northern wilderness. In The Black Woods, Amy Godine recovers a robust history of Black pioneers who carved from the wilderness a future for their families and their civic rights. Her immersive story returns the Black pioneers and their descendants to their rightful place at the center of this history. With stirring accounts of racial justice, and no shortage of heroes, The Black Woods amplifies the unique significance of the Adirondacks in the American imagination.

The Black Woods is a beautifully written, painstakingly researched, and uncommonly nuanced story, heretofore a footnote in the ingoing saga of race in America. But here is the real story, liberated from the chains of arrogant historiography and willing to look into the dark corners of our national narrative and climb to the summits that offer a panoramic ‘us.’ …Ken Burns, filmmaker

A rich and intimate story of African Americans and abolitionists in a little-known Adirondack Community called Timbuctoo. Beautifully conceived, deeply researched, The Black Woods is an immensely timely book, and a necessary book for our time. …John Stauffer, author of The Black Hearts of Men

About the author:

From Brookline, Massachusetts, Amy Godine attended public and private schools, and received her BA in American Studies from Hampshire College. In Berkeley, California, she was an editorial assistant for the Heyday Press, and for five years in Portland, Oregon, she wrote for the Willamette Week newspaper. An MFA (fiction writing) from the Iowa Writers Workshop followed. Since 1980 she has lived in Saratoga Springs with her husband, several modestly productive fruit trees, way too many record albums, and an old, soulful dog.

Prizes, awards, fellowships, residencies:
International Regional Magazines Association awards for historical features or columns: 1990, 1992, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2014, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021
Society of American Travel Writers Foundation, Foreign Travel, 1992-3, and Regional Publishers Assn., Travel, 1990
Oregon Newspapers Publishers Assn. & Sigma Delta Chi Society for Investigative Journalism (Best feature; Best Investigative, Best Minority Affairs, 1979-1981).
Residency writing fellowships: Yaddo, MacDowell, Ucross, Ragdale, Blue Mountain Center, Millay Colony for the Arts.
New York Academy of History Fellow, 2007–.
Larry J. Hackman NYS Archives Research Fellow, 2004
Speaker, New York Council for the Humanities, 1996-1999, and 2001-2005.
James Michener Fellow, Fiction Writing, University of Iowa, Iowa Writers Workshop, 1986
For more information about these events contact: Mark McEachern, Torrington Historical Society; or 860-482-8260 (w)


December 2, 2023
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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