Racine County's involvement in the Underground Railroad is documented from 1842 with Caroline Quarles' passage, through the Civil War with Racine's Colonel Utley and his Abolitionist Regiment. One major Racine UGRR conductor was Achas P. Dutton. He had a verified role in the escape of fugitive slave Joshua Glover and approximately a hundred others. His warehouses were concealment and embarkation sites, where Dutton could transfer fugitives to the vessels of abolition-friendly lake captains who then took them to Canadian ports and their freedom. Dutton provided a link to the Great Lakes maritime portion of the UGRR. His warehouses along the south bank of the Root River in Racine are long gone; the sites are now pleasure boat marinas and condo developments. We propose to commemorate his sites and the UGRR link to the Great Lakes with a monument on a city-owned promenade along the Root River, located within view of the original sites of Dutton's elevators and warehouses.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: Gaslight Pointe, Gaslight Circle, Racine, 53403
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Office of the Mayor City of Racine
Location Type: Site
Freedom Seekers: Joshua Glover
UGRR Operatives: A. P. Dutton