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Samuel Brown Farm Site

In August 1842, the Samuel Brown Farm in Milwaukee served as a stop on the Underground Railroad during the escape of Caroline Quarlls from Missouri, the first documented case of a freedom seeker traveling through Wisconsin.

Despite the real possibility of being caught and prosecuted, Deacon Samuel Brown, a "first" and important citizen, thought it imperative that a young freedom seeker be conveyed to safety and emancipation. Brown housed Qualls overnight at his farm and conducted her twenty miles by wagon and horseback to another safe haven as they were pursued by bounty hunters.


Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: , Milwaukee, Milwaukee, 53205

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Milwaukee County Parks

Location Type: Site

Freedom Seekers: Caroline Quarles

UGRR Operatives: Samuel Brown