The John Brown Photo Chronology exhibition and catalog curated and written by historian Jean Libby in 2009 is in revision with new discoveries. Hand-printed inkjet supplement inserts and the fine arts reproduction catalog are rewards for crowdfunding assistance for publishing and mailing the revised work and production of new panels and legend plates.
Joined December 2014
Jean Libby is a retired instructor of United States and African American History at community colleges in northern California. She has written, edited, and photographed widely on John Brown the abolitionist since 1978. After completing a Professional Photography A. A. degree at De Anza College in Cupertino, California in 1978 (first woman graduate in the major) she enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley in middle age, completing her B.A. in Social Science/African American Studies in 1986. Jean was awarded a President's Undergraduate Fellowship to document her thesis on John Brown on videotape for the cable classroom series, entitled Mean To Be Free: John Brown's Black Nation Campaign. She holds an M.A. in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University, receiving the Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the College of Ethnic Studies in 1991. Her community activities and publishing life include editing and publishing newsletters for civil rights organizations in Santa Clara County, California, during the 1960s, and principal photographer for a bicentennial publication of Trees of Palo Alto by the City of Palo Alto in 1976. Jean was employed as a professional wedding photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years, between 1980 and 1995, the later years with her own studio. Jean and Ralph Libby (departed in 2012), a legendary public service reference librarian, raised their family in Palo Alto since 1964. After earning the university degrees she was a part-time history instructor at community colleges from San Jose to Solano County until retiring in 2005. She continues to maintain the family home which is also the location of the sole-owned Allies for Freedom publishers and Amazon-based internet_bookselling. Her current organizations are the Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society--for whom she has written and illustrated the feature article in the biyearly journal Connections in Fall 2014; the historic Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in San Jose--for whom she curated an exhibition at the Martin Luther King., Jr. Library in July and August 2014; School-to-School International which has schools and programs in Guinea now suffering greatly in the Ebola epidemic--Jean is a present board member and Program Committee chair.