History of Alice's Garden

Here is a timeline of events that took place leading up to the establishment of today's garden.


Early 1800s

  • 1832-Native Indian Sauk leader ends resistance over land takeover.
  • 1833-The Treaty of Chicago is the second of two treaties signed between natives and Americans in a settlement agreement for what became Chicago, Illinois. 
  • 1834-Sam Brown and two others become the first whites to set up farms on this newly settled land.
  • 1842-With the help of Sam Brown, a 16-year old fugitive slave named Caroline Quarlls becomes the first to use the Wisconsin Underground Railroad.

1900s

  • 1948-The idea to construct the ParkEast freeway along the location of the Wisconsin Underground Railroad was proposed. 
    • Between this time and 1971 construction began on the North side of Milwaukee, neighborhoods surrounding were torn down for space, only to be followed by news that the freeway project would be cancelled. 
  • 1972- Some twenty years following the destruction of neighborhoods, a garden is established in the space on 21st and Garfield.

2000s

  • 2001-Alice Meade-Taylor, longtime advocate for urban community programs within Milwaukee, passes away and the garden on Garfield finally receives it's name: Alice's Garden.
  • 2004-Milwaukee Youth and Venice Williams collaborate to start Seedfolk Youth Ministries, which worked towards expanding activities and events within the garden.
  • 2005-For 5 years following the Johnson Park initiative, the Center for Resilient Cities fundraises to rehabilitate Alice's Garden for improved use.
  • 2014-Venice Williams becomes the first executive director of Alice's Garden
  • Today-Alice's Garden has become a dream come true for the neighborhood residents and the many people and organizations whose hands and visions have made the garden the jewel that it is today. This is due to the many projects, workshops, and events held that connect the community with one another.
     

 

 

 

 
 A map of the Underground Railroad as it passes through Wisconsin

A map of the Underground Railroad as it passes through Wisconsin

 
 An image of the freeway following plans to stop construction

An image of the freeway following plans to stop construction

 
 An image of Alice's Garden as it stands today with over 2.2 acres of land.

An image of Alice's Garden as it stands today with over 2.2 acres of land.