Polk County Underground Railroad

The State Historic Preservation Office of Iowa has put together a wonderful project on the Iowa Freedom Trail, or the Underground Railroad for Iowa. Below is a listing of names and their known role in the movement of slaves to freedom. For more information, and more counties in Iowa, click the link above.

Abolitionists
Brandt, Isaac Des Moines
Brooks, Rev. Stephen Delaware Twp, Rising Sun: Methodist
Brown, Aaron Mitchellville
Brown, Moses Mitchellville
Cole, Chester C. Des Moines
Davis, Joes P. Des Moines
Hopkins, Josiah Hopkins Grove
Hoxie, Herbert "Hub" Des Moines, Mitchellville
Jordan, James C. Walnut Twp, Valley Junction/West Des Moines
Mitchell, Thomas Mitchellville, Beaver Creek Twp
Pierce, Alexander Hopkins Grove
Robinson, Rev. Demas Four Mile Twp, Berwick
Simington, James Des Moines?
Teesdale, John Des Moines
Webster, Delia Ann Des Moines
Anti-Slavery
Bennett, Dr. John Cook Polk City
Bolton, Evan MOrgan Lee Twp
Brockett, Calvin Vandalia
Dietz, Conrad Ankeny
Elliott, Rev. Stephen Goodwin Elliot's Grove
Hawley, Brian Rising Sun
Jordan, Cynthia Desire Adams Walnut Twp, Valley Junction/West Des Moines
Lee, Ishmael Beaver Twp
McGarraugh, Alexander Vandalia
Mitchell, Almira (or Elmira) Mitchellville
Mitchell, Anna Caroline Mattern Mitchellville
Associated with John Brown
Bolton, Evan Morgan Lee Twp
Brandt, Isaac Des Moines
Jordan, James C. Walnut Twp, Valley Junction/West Des Moines
Mitchell, Thomas Mitchellville
Robinson, Rev. Demas Berwick, Delaware Twp
Teesdale, John Des Moines
Conductors/Station Agents
Bolton, Evan Morgan Lee Twp
Brockett, Calvin Vandalia
Brandt, Isaac Des Moines
Brooks, Rev. Stephen Delaware Twp, Rising Sun; Methodist
Davis, Joel P. Des Moines
Dietz, Conrad Ankeny
Hawley, Brian Rising Sun
Hopkins, Josiah Hopkins Grove
Hoxie, Herbert “Hub” Des Moines/Mitchellville
Jordan, Cynthia Desire Adams Walnut Twp, Valley Junction/West Des Moines
Jordan, James C. Walnut Twp, Valley Junction/West Des Moines
McGarraugh, Alexander Vandalia
Mitchell, Almira (or Elmira) Mitchellville
Mitchell, Anna Caroline Mattern Mitchellville
Mitchell, Thomas Mitchellville, Beaver Creek Twp
Pierce, Alexander Hopkins Grove
Robinson, Rev. Demas Four Mile Twp, Berwick
Teesdale, John Des Moines
Webster, Delia Ann Des Moines
Free African-Americans
Webb, Archie P. Delaware Twp
Freedom Seekers
Bell, Henry Des Moines
Burrows, Richard Des Moines
Burrows, Nancy Des Moines
Fletcher, “Auntie” Des Moines
Gater, George Des Moines
Logan, Jefferson Des Moines
McDonaldson, Levi Des Moines
Miller, Stephen Douglass Des Moines
Miller, John Ross Des Moines
Smith, Harriet Des Moines


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