At the time, Peter was the number one world expert on beads and had been a very good friend and mentor to me, freely giving his excellent advice and guidance since the inception of my African Trade Beads
business. I readily accepted an invitation to visit him whenever I was in the States and looked forward to a long term beading friendship. Later in the same year as my visit, whilst on a trip to Ghana, suddenly and very sadly, he passed away.
I found Peter hard at work, cigarette in hand as usual .. in his Center for Bead Research .. in the basement of
His house was nestling in woods and luckily Peter's bead Research Center and living quarters were in the rear
Escaping to fresh air .. we visited the monument at the John Brown Farm
, a National Historic Landmark
This monument and the historic property behind it, commemorate the man who took up the black slave's interests