The Village of Glenwood, about 23 miles south of the Chicago Loop, has a special place in history as a stop along the Underground Railroad.
Now, the village has a remarkable monument to that legacy called Underground Railroad Memorial Park. Officials recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the site on Main Street just north of a restaurant called Gabe’s Place.
Leon Fields, chairman of the Underground Railroad Memorial Park, told ABC 7 Chicago that enslaved people would get off the train at the site where the memorial park sits to cross the street and go to an inn called Fireside Chalet.
That inn served as a haven for escaped enslaved people on their way to freedom.
“I live right down the street from here, so this is our own history in our own backyard,” 6th District Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller told ABC 7 Chicago.