“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Camden in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

John Hunn

1814 - 1894


—Quaker Abolitionist —

John Hunn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
1. John Hunn Marker
Inscription. Chief engineer of the Underground Rail Road in the State of Del. and the richest man in Del. He was convicted and fined in 1846 by the U.S. Dist. Court, later he was fined twice for $10,000.00 each by Del. but was advised the fines wouldn't be imposed if he'd promise not to continue his efforts to aid fugitives in their escape from slavery. Instead, Hunn avowed never to withhold a helping hand from the down-trodden in their hour of distress. His great land holdings and all his possessions were sold at sheriff's sale. His family was left utterly destitute, but he continued his efforts to abolish slavery until the great proclamation by Abraham Lincoln.

"I ask no other reward for my efforts than to feel that I have been of service to my fellow men. No other course would have brought peace to my mind."

His grave is adjacent to this meeting house and this was his stepping stone and hitching post.

His son, "Honest" John Hunn Jr., while Gov. of Del. 1901 05, was the first to advocate that women be admitted to the Univ. of Del. and that a paved highway be constructed the entire length of Del. He is also buried here.
Location. 39° 6.876′ N, 75° 32.856′ W. Marker is in Camden, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is on East Camden-Wyoming Ave.. Click for map.

Camden Friends Meeting image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
2. Camden Friends Meeting
This is a separate marker behind the Camden Friends Meeting marker. Marker is at or near this postal address: 122 East Camden-Wyoming Ave., Camden Wyoming DE 19934, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Camden Friends Meeting (here, next to this marker); Morning Star Institutional Church of God in Christ, Inc. (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Whatcoat Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Camden (approx. 0.3 miles away); Caesar Rodney School District (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Camden (approx. half a mile away); Coming of the Railroad (approx. 0.7 miles away); Town of Wyoming (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Camden.
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRCemeteries & Burial SitesNotable Persons
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 942 times since then and 133 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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