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A small micro near this Historic site. The Mt. Pleasant Historic Preservation Commission commemorated with a marker the former site of Lee Town, a pre-Civil War community designed to bring black families up from slave states to live as freemen. Lee Town featured over 100 one- and two-bedroom houses, a work accredited to Alexander Lee, who designed and built Old Main on the Iowa Wesleyan University nearby. Lee is known to have been an abolitionist, seeking the end of slavery. His "town" was to provide housing for former slave families who came north. Prior to the war, “Lee Town” in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa became a refuge for escaped slaves fleeing from Missouri, as well as slaves freed by Missouri slave owners who came to oppose the peculiar institution. The Underground Railroad was nearby. Some freedman passed through Lee Town; others, finding protection, stayed.
The neighborhood started well before the Civil War and the migration of black freemen started before and continued after the Civil War.
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