“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Halifax in Halifax County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)


The Roanoke River, Halifax, and the Underground Railroad.

Escape! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 27, 2012
1. Escape! Marker
Inscription. Follow this ¼ mile trail to the Roanoke River and meet the men, women, and children who risked their lives to flee slavery.

“…the thought of being again made a slave, and of suffering the horrible punishment of a runaway, restrained me. I lay in the woods all day without food. The next evening, I soon found a large pile of excellent apples, from which I supplied myself. The next evening I reached Halifax Court House, and I then knew that I was near Virginia. On the 7th of October, I came to the Roanoke, and crossed it in the midst of a violent storm of rain and thunder. The current ran so furiously that I was carried down with it, and with great difficulty, and in a state of complete exhaustion, reached the opposite shore.” From the Narrative of James Williams, A Slave…, Circa 1838.
Erected by National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
Location. 36° 19.911′ N, 77° 35.175′ W. Marker is in Halifax, North Carolina, in Halifax County. Marker is on King Street north of Fishing Club Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Halifax NC 27839, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Halifax Runaway Ads (within shouting
Halifax Underground Railroad Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 27, 2012
2. Halifax Underground Railroad Trail
distance of this marker); Montfort Archaeological Museum (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Sally Billy House (about 700 feet away); Halifax Courthouse (about 800 feet away); Site of First Courthouse (about 800 feet away); The Free Church of Halifax (about 800 feet away); The Market Green (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonial Punishment (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Halifax.
More about this marker. The background is captioned, "Background top: The Roanoke River Valley from the map of North and South Carolina by Henry Mouzon, 1775." and "Background bottom: Image from Le Monde Illustre (Paris), 1862, as shown on sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library."
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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