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Rescue of Joshua Glover

 
 
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By Paul F, May 18, 2010
1. Rescue of Joshua Glover Marker
North side of two sided marker
Inscription. Joshua Glover was a runaway slave who sought freedom in Racine in 1852. In 1854, his Missouri owner used the Fugitive Slave Act to apprehend him. This 1850 law permitted slave catchers to cross state lines to captured escaped slaves. Glover was taken to Milwaukee and imprisoned.

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.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 2.546′ N, 87° 54.276′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is at the intersection of East Kilbourn Avenue and North Jackson Street, on the right when traveling east on East Kilbourn Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located in the northeast corner of Cathedral Square
Rescue of Joshua Glover Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, May 18, 2010
2. Rescue of Joshua Glover Marker
South side of two sided marker
Park. Marker is in this post office area: Milwaukee WI 53202, United States of America.
 
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.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
Rescue of Joshua Glover Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, May 18, 2010
3. Rescue of Joshua Glover Marker
Northeast corner of Cathedral Square Park. Marker is just off sidewalk in the middle of the picture.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,588 times since then and 41 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.
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