Civil War lecture John Brown to James Brown Saturday, May 20 1-3:00 p.m.

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    KatherineA Resudent Mountain Yogi & Willis Impersonator Administrator Writer

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    Ed Maliskas to present program on his book, "John Brown to James Brown - The Little Farm Where Liberty Budded, Blossomed, and Boogied," at The Washington County Historical Society, May 20th

    The Washington County Historical Society, in partnership with the African American Historical Association and The Contemporary School for the Arts & Gallery, will present a program on African American history with author Ed Maliskas on Saturday, May 20 from 1-3 p.m. Maliskas will discuss his book, which details the untold story of what is arguably America's foremost civil-rights location, the John Brown farm.

    Maliskas, a Hagerstown resident, wrote the book after researching the story for seven years. He spent countless hours going through primary sources but the hundreds of live interviews were what drove his passion for the project and filled in the gaps in the story.

    A black fraternal organization known as the Black Elks purchased the John Brown farm in order to honor Brown. At the height of the civil-rights era, the farm hosted many giants of rhythm and blues such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Chubby Checker, BB King and more.

    "We are thrilled to have Ed Maliskas as our monthly speaker at the Miller House," said Ron Lytle, chairman of the African American Historical Association. "He has a fascinating story to tell from all the research he's done - a story that many people haven't heard before. The connection this county has to R&B Music is amazing!"

    African American Heritage speaker programs are held on the third Saturday of each month from 1-3 p.m. at the Miller House Museum, home of the Washington County Historical Society. Future speakers, Fanny Crawford, Richard Kline, Margaret Miles, Steve Bockmiller and the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society.

    The primary function of the African American Historical Association is to research African American history and culture and utilize that research to further educate and inform communities in western Maryland and Pennsylvania. For more information about African American Heritage in Washington County, visit

    For more information, contact Ron Lytle, African American Historical Association, 304-261-4516,
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