The Underground Railway in Iowa

Feb 11, 2011

Iowa was a little known hotbed of abolitionist and Underground Railroad activity. Much of what we know about the subject is the result of recent discoveries. Cedar County, especially the Quaker homes in Springdale and West Branch, was a major stop on the Underground Railroad. We'll hear about a new exhibit at the Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, "Cedar County, Iowa: A Door to Freedom" with Bonnie Blaford of the National Park Service. Giving us a statewide perspective on the history of the Railroad will be Lynn Koos, curator of the African-American Museum of Iowa.*This edition of Talk of Iowa was shortened due to breaking news in Egypt. Scheduled guests for the second half of the program will be rescheduled for a later date.