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Monument Square


Joshua Glover, a fugitive slave, worked and lived in Racine for two years before he was captured in 1854 and jailed in Milwaukee. In Racine, a gathering at the downtown square chose to send a delegation to Milwaukee; the contingent joined with Milwaukee citizens to break open the jail and free Glover. He was shuttled on the underground railroad throughout southeastern Wisconsin and finally escaped through Racine harbor on a ship for Canada. Today in Racine, the Glover story has been celebrated. A marker has been placed on the square to honor Glover and the Racine citizens who met at that site and decide to free one of their own from the Milwaukee jail.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 701 South Main Street, Racine, 53403

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: City of Racine

Location Type: Site