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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.