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Caroline Quarlls: My Independence Day

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Program Type: Performer, Special Event

Join us for this live performance by Shannon Sloan Spice! In 1842, Caroline Quarlls, a 16 year old St. Louis slave, made the choice to run away from her master's home. With slave catchers in pursuit, she fled to Milwaukee where she was helped by local citizens on a journey to Canada and to freedom. Years later, after the end of the Civil War, Caroline received a letter from Lyman Goodnow, the man who escorted her along the Underground Railroad to Canada. During this performance, the audience will meet Caroline, and hear her account of her journey as she answers the first of Mr. Goodnow's letters to her.

This performance, brought to Southwest Library by the Civil War Museum, supports a traveling exhibit currently on display at the museum entitled For All The World To See.  This exhibition has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It has been adapted and is being toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance. For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights was organized by The Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. The exhibit will run through August 11 at the Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave., Kenosha, WI.