A new choir is performing Friday and Saturday night in Saranac Lake. It's part of the John Brown Day celebration honoring the 150th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation. The signing by President Lincoln freed millions of slaves. And now it is being remembered through song.
The music is based on the story of abolitionist Garrett Smith. He bought thousands of acres in the Adirondacks to give away to black farmers so they could become landowners and have the right to vote. A community choir is performing a musical based on the history of that settlement called Timbuctoo.
"Voices of Timbuctoo" starts Friday at 8 p.m. at St. Bernard's Church in Saranac Lake. There is another performance Saturday at 2 p.m. at the graveside of abolitionist John Brown in North Elba.