Joshua Glover, a runaway slave from St. Louis, Missouri, escaped from his owner Benammi S. Garland in the spring of 1852. He made his way to Racine, where he worked at a sawmill for almost two years. On March 10, 1854, his owner, accompanied by a federal marshal and others, broke into his cabin, struck him on the head, manacled him and took him to a jail in Milwaukee. When word reached the citizens of Racine, the courthouse bell was rung, and the largest group ever to gather in the city assembled at Haymarket Square (now Monument Square, and an NTF site). Warrants were issued for the arrest of Glover's owner and the U. S. marshal. A committee of 100 men with strong abolitionist sentiments accompanied the Racine sheriff to Milwaukee to bring the kidnappers back to Racine to face charges. Upon their arrival at the Milwaukee jail, they encountered a crowd of protesters estimated to number between 3000 and 5000, demanding Glover's release. Shortly thereafter, a number of those assembled picked up a timber from a nearby construction site. Using it as a battering ram, they freed Glover from jail, whence he was shuttled on a several weeks journey on the Underground Railroad though three additional counties of southeastern Wisconsin, finally being placed aboard a ship in Racine (at Dutton's warehouse, another NTF site), eventually landing in Canada where he spent the next 34 years in freedom, until his death in 1888.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: P. O. Box 100409, Milwaukee, 53210
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Sue Black
Location Type: Site
People/Organizations Associated with the site: Benammi S. Garland (Owner)
Freedom Seekers: Joshua Glover
UGRR Operatives: A. P. Dutton