Iowa and the Underground Railroad
John Brown Freedom Trail 1859 - Stop Number Twelve
Iowa Freedom Trail Project
On February 20,
1859 John Brown’s group, made up of 12 escaped slaves and Brown’s 10 men
overnighted at the Draper B. Reynolds Farm 1.5 miles south of Marengo, Iowa.
By the time
they arrived in Marengo, the Brown entourage had been travelling for nearly two
months. After rescuing slaves in southwest Missouri, they moved north through
Kansas and Nebraska and arrived in Iowa on February
a Pennsylvania native, homesteaded south of Marengo in 1855 (see map). He was
49 years old when he sheltered Brown’s entourage of abolitionists and freedom
seekers. Draper passed away in 1875 at the age of 68 is buried at the Old
marker in Marengo City Park is the closest publicly accessible place to where
John Brown stayed at the Reynolds Farm.
Next Stop: Iowa City, Iowa