Jonathan M. Murray Farm
The Underground Railroad in Iowa John Brown Freedom Trail 1859 - Stop Number Seven Iowa Freedom Trail Project
Backstory and Context
On February 16, 1859 the John Brown entourage stopped near Redfield, Iowa, at the farm of Jonathan M. Murray. The three-wagon caravan traveled approximately 25 miles that day. They rested overnight at Murray’s place before continuing on.
Murray, a fifty-five year old abolitionist from Maine, lived just over a mile east of the eventual town of Redfield on the road to Adel. Murray's grave is located at the Redfield Cemetery.
The Murray farm is private property. The Freedom Trail marker about the farm is located at the Redfield Depot.
Next Stop: West Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa and the Underground Railroadhttps://iowaculture.gov/sites/default/files/History%20-%20Education%20-%20Lifelong%20Learning%20-%20Iowa%20Underground%20Railroad%20(PDF).pdf