A piece of the Underground Railroad, the network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States and used by enslaved African Americans to escape into free states and Canada, runs directly through the Lindsay Heights neighborhood of Milwaukee; the Samuel Brown homestead (pictured above), where runaway slave Caroline Quarlls hid on her way to freedom, was once a physical part of this community. Sadly, the Brown homestead - and much of the history of the Underground Railroad in Milwaukee - is no longer accessible. Our project seeks to change this.
The MSOE Honors Program will use virtual reality (VR) technology to help recreate the history of both the Samuel Brown homestead and the Underground Railroad in Milwaukee. Users will be able to put on a VR headset and "tour" the Brown home, along with other key aspects of the Underground Railroad experience. Help us help history come alive!