Joseph Farr Remembers the Underground Railroad in Minnesota
In May 1895, Joseph Farr spoke to the St. Paul Pioneer Press about his memories of the Underground Railroad in Minnesota. As an 18-year-old, Farr came to St. Paul in 1850 to work for his uncle, William Taylor. Taylor owned a barbershop, and lived with his wife Adeline across the street. Taylor and the other barbers hid fugitive enslaved people and helped them escape to freedom. Farr's reminiscences in the Pioneer Press relate amazing stories of black Minnesotans protecting enslaved people, often at great peril to their own lives.
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