Memorial Hike at the Torrington birthplace of abolitionist John Brown

The Torrington Historical Society and the YMCA/Torrington Trails Network invite the public to participate in the annual John Brown Memorial Twilight Hike on Sunday, December 6, 2020, from 4pm to 5pm at the John Brown Birthplace on John Brown Road in Torrington Connecticut. The twilight hike is held to commemorate the execution of John Brown on December 2, 1859, in Charles Town West Virginia, and to remember the millions of African Americans who suffered under the institution of slavery. Additionally, this is an opportunity to show your support for racial equality and equal civil rights for all in the United States.

John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia took place October 16, 1859. This raid was one of the events which sparked the American Civil War, a war that ultimately ended slavery in America. In addition to being an abolitionist, Brown was a fierce advocate for civil rights and racial equality for African Americans.

The hike will follow a two-thirds mile loop trail created by the Torrington Trails Network on property owned by the Torrington Historical Society. The twilight hike will be preceded by some brief comments about John Brown.

The John Brown Birthplace Trail is on generally flat and wooded terrain with some wet areas. Dress for the cool weather with proper walking shoes and bring a flashlight, lantern, or headlamp since it will be getting dark toward the end of the hike.

John Brownies from Torrington’s Café 38 will be served following the hike.
Parking is available along John Brown Road.

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