Biographer Louis DeCaro and educator and civil rights activist Dr. James H. Carter will speak at this annual event honoring the life and legacy of abolitionist John Brown. The event will also feature a memorial to Brother Yusuf Abdul-Wasi Burgess, a youth leader who introduced countless city youth to the Adirondacks. The event is sponsored by John Brown Lives! in partnership with the John Brown Farm. John Brown Day marks the birthday of Brown, who was born May 9, 1800. He moved to his farm in North Elba in 1849 before leaving for Kansas in 1855 to support his sons' efforts to keep that state free of slavery; the rest of his family stayed behind. Brown is best known for the raid he led on the U.S. Arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Va., in which he and his followers had hoped to confiscate weapons from the armory and use them in an effort to liberate slaves from the South. Though the uprising was ultimately quelled - 10 of Brown's supporters, including two of his sons, were killed in the raid, and Brown was executed for treason - historians consider the raid a significant precursor to the Civil War.