Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Rescue of Joshua Glover
Word spread about Glover’s incarceration and a great crowd gathered around the jail demanding his release. They beat down the jail door and released Joshua Glover. He was eventually escorted to Canada and safety.
The Glover incident helped galvanize abolitionist sentiment in Wisconsin. This case eventually led the state supreme court to defy the federal government by declaring the Fugitive Slave Act unconstitutional.
Erected 2001 by State Historical Society of Wisconsin. (Marker Number 463.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list.
Location. 43° 2.546′ N, 87° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milwaukee WI 53202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Court House (a few steps from this marker); Site of First Milwaukee County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Saint John Cathedral (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Court House Square (about 300 feet away); Matthew Keenan House (about 700 feet away); Womens Club of Wisconsin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old St. Mary's Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brig. Gen. Rufus King’s Home (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milwaukee.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 7, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,827 times since then and 84 times this year. Last updated on July 13, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 7, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.