A Juneteenth celebration in the North Country which tells the stories of the region’s role in the fight against slavery, as well as prominent anti-slavery Quakers and abolitionist John Brown will be held June 17 thru 19.
Juneteenth was the excitement that slaves in Texas felt after learning they were free, nearly two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. They immediately began to celebrate. The “Colors of Freedom” tour will be a unique way for families and visitors alike to experience the struggles that took place in this area.
Clinton and Essex counties were at the center of the roiling abolition controversies before the Civil War, helping many freedom-seekers fleeing enslavement to follow the Lake Champlain corridor to Canada in the 1830s, 1840s and 1850s. The tour will trace those controversies, ranging from Ausable Chasm, to Peru, to Elizabethtown, and then Lake Placid where Brown is buried.