Muelder News

Owen Muelder (Director of the Knox College Underground Railroad Freedom Center) has been invited by the U. S. Capitol Historical Society to be one of its featured speakers in February as part of the Society’s celebration of African-American History Month. The title of Muelder’s speech is “Owen Lovejoy: Congressmen, Abolitionist and Underground Railroad Operator.” Lovejoy was one of the most openly active Underground Railroad agents in the north before the civil war. His house in Princeton, IL, which still stands, was used to harbor fugitive slaves who were escaping northward. Lovejoy was elected to the US House of Representative in the mid 1850s, where he delivered spirited anti-slavery speeches on the floor of Congress. Muelder’s remarks will be delivered on Feb. 3 in the Rayburn House Office Building Gold Room during a luncheon sponsored by the USCHS. The following day, Muelder will present a talk on Knox College Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad at noon at Pier 7 restaurant sponsored by the DC Knox Club.