Big Read: My Independence Day (Virtual Program)

My Independence Day: Caroline Quarlls' Story

A harrowing true story recounted in this one-woman performance with the Kenosha Civil War Museum.

In 1842, Caroline Quarlls, a 16 year old light-skinned St. Louis slave, made the dangerous choice to run away. With slave catchers in pursuit, she fled to Milwaukee, where she met people who aided her travel to freedom in Canada. Years later Caroline received a letter from Lyman Goodnow, the man who escorted her to Canada and their correspondence continued. This true story is based on rare letters between Quarlls and Goodnow that are housed in the Kenosha Civil War Museum's collection.   (Image from the Wisconsin Historical Society.) 

All Big Read events are virtual this year. Registration begins September 12.  To receive the program links please register via email: If you'd prefer the call-in link, please call 608-437-5021. 

Everyone is welcome to join our Big Read events, even if you have not read the book. For more information about the Big Read, click here. 



Monday, September 21, 2020 - 6:30pm