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Madison in Dorchester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Madison-Preparing for Freedom

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

 
 
Madison-Preparing for Freedom Marker-Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 28, 2014
1. Madison-Preparing for Freedom Marker-Side 1
Inscription. Harriet Tubman spent her formative years in and around Madison, once called Tobaccostick. As a young woman, she worked for Joseph Stewart in his home and fields, until she joined her father Ben Ross in Stewart’s lumber harvesting operation. Tubman was a strong and independent worker with a network of useful contacts among the lumbermen, dockworkers, and watermen who frequented Madison.

Free and enslaved black mariners were part of an extensive, secret network of communication, helping connect far-flung black communities and separated families to one another and sometimes helping freedom seekers escape. These associates were vital to Tubman’s success on the Underground Railroad.

With help from Tubman and her connections, Winnebar Johnson fled from here in June 1854, settling with other Eastern Shore escapees in the whaling community of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Later the same year, Jacob Jackson, who lived nearby, carried a coded message from Tubman to her brothers telling them to prepare to run away at Christmas.

(Inscription below the photo at the top)
Lawrence, Jacob (1917-2000) ARS, NY-The Life of Harriet Tubman, #7, 1940. Casein tempera on hardboard, 17 7/8” x 12” Hampton University Museum, Hampton, VA. Image credit: The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation/Art Resource, NY.
 
Marker series.

Madison-Preparing for Freedom Marker-Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 28, 2014
2. Madison-Preparing for Freedom Marker-Side 2
This marker is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway marker series.
 
Location. 38° 30.516′ N, 76° 13.434′ W. Marker is in Madison, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker is on Madison Canning House Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4814 Madison Canning House Road, Madison MD 21648, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gethsemane Methodist Protestant Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Malone's Church-Ties that Bind (approx. 1.2 miles away); Trinity P.E. Church (approx. 3.1 miles away); Walk the Old Trinity Heritage Trail (approx. 3.1 miles away); Anna Ella Carroll (approx. 3.1 miles away); New Revived Church-Family & Faith Connections (approx. 3.7 miles away); Finding Freedom (approx. 3.9 miles away); Treaty Oak (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
Driving Tour-Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 7, 2014
3. Driving Tour-Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
The Life of Harriet Tubman #7 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 19, 2018
4. The Life of Harriet Tubman #7
1940 by Jacob Lawrence.
Close-up of image on marker
Preparing for Freedom marker<br>at Madison Bay Restaurant image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 19, 2018
5. Preparing for Freedom marker
at Madison Bay Restaurant
<i>Miss Julie</i> landing at Madison with a load of crab pots image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 19, 2018
6. Miss Julie landing at Madison with a load of crab pots
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 541 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on November 21, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 10, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   4, 5, 6. submitted on November 21, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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