The Underground Railroad in Iowa John Brown Freedom Trail 1859 - Stop Number Seven Iowa Freedom Trail Project


  • Marker at Redfield Depot
    Marker at Redfield Depot

The Underground Railroad in Iowa
John Brown Freedom Trail 1859 - Stop Number Seven: Jonathan M. Murray Farm near Redfield, Iowa
Iowa Freedom Trail Project

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. 

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Iowa and the Underground Railroad

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