JB Grinnell & the Iowa Underground Railroad
Sunday, February 17
West Des Moines Public Library
4000 Mills Civic Parkway
“Preacher,” “congressman,” “negro-stealer”: Josiah Bushnell Grinnell was called all of those things during his life. He was called a negro-stealer because he participated in the Iowa Underground Railroad. J.B. Grinnell and other Grinnell residents helped at least 37 fugitive slaves who passed through their town before the Civil War. But some residents opposed this work.
David Connon will tell a story of racism, noble actions and conflict. He will highlight abolitionist John Brown’s visit to Grinnell, and Grinnell’s first riot over the presence of fugitive slaves in the public school.
This program is made possible by Humanities Iowa.
Membership & Support
West Des Moines Historical Society is a privately funded nonprofit institution that relies on the generosity of its friends and supporters. Help us preserve the legacy through membership.
One Hour Guided Tours
June 1-September 1
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
September 8-June 1, 2019
Friday and Sunday
All tours: 11am & 1pm