Juneteenth Performance: Caroline Quarlls - My Independence Day

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Saturday June 19

1:00 PM  –  2:00 PM

Online registration for this program closes at 5:00pm the day before. 

Virtual program - Zoom link will be emailed prior to event.

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Prior registration is required. 

On July 4, 1842, Caroline Quarlls - an enslaved 16 year old girl living in St. Louis, made the life changing choice to seek her own freedom. On that day, Caroline left the slave state of Missouri and began a journey that would take her to Milwaukee, a growing city in the Wisconsin Territory. There, she met a number of people who assisted with her escape to freedom in Canada.

During the performance, the audience meets Caroline in Canada in 1880. She has just received a letter from Lyman Goodnow, one of the people that helped her travel the Underground Railroad from Wisconsin to Canada in 1842. This powerful first person performance recounts their harrowing experiences and is based on the responses Caroline wrote to questions in Goodnow's letter.