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Denton in Caroline County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Caroline Courthouse-In the Shadow of Justice

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

 
 
In the Shadow of Justice Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 19, 2018
1. In the Shadow of Justice Marker
Inscription. Many facets of 19th century rural life focused on a county’s courthouse. Elected officials, lawyers, merchants, and ordinary citizens all had reasons to gather at the Caroline County Courthouse Square. For the enslaved and abolitionists, the square possessed a more sinister purpose.

Conducted in the shadow of the courthouse—the symbolic center of government and justice—local slave auction exhibited the inhumanity and raw, lucrative economics of the antebellum slave trade. The county jail also held abolitionists like Hugh Haziett, accused of aiding the runaways he tried to guide to freedom.

Above: As the time of their intended escape drew nearer, their anxiety grew more and more intense, their food was prepared and their clothing packed. Douglass had forged their passes. Early in the morning they went into the fields to work. At mid-day they were all called off the field, only to discover that they had been betrayed.

Right: Hammatt Billings depicted a slave auction to illustrate Harriet Beecher Stowe’s abolitionist book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway marker series.
 
Location. 38° 53.184′ N, 75° 49.95′ W. Marker is in Denton, Maryland, in

Caroline Courthouse-In the Shadow of Justice Marker-Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
2. Caroline Courthouse-In the Shadow of Justice Marker-Side 1
Caroline County. Marker is on Courthouse Square. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Denton MD 21629, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Revolution or Fraud? (a few steps from this marker); Caroline Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); On this spot Sept. 5, 1938 stood Franklin Delano Roosevelt (within shouting distance of this marker); John Wilkes Booth (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Maryland's Eastern Shore (about 300 feet away); Great Wars of World Conflict (about 400 feet away); Moses and the Hounds (approx. 0.3 miles away); Denton (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denton.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
Caroline Courthouse-In the Shadow of Justice Marker-Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
3. Caroline Courthouse-In the Shadow of Justice Marker-Side 2
Caroline Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
4. Caroline Courthouse
Driving Tour Guide-Caroline Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 25, 2014
5. Driving Tour Guide-Caroline Courthouse
Panel 13 - <i>The Life of Frederick Douglas</i>, 1939<br>by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 19, 2018
6. Panel 13 - The Life of Frederick Douglas, 1939
by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000)
As the time of their intended escape drew nearer, their anxiety grew more and more intense, their food was prepared and their clothing packed. Douglass had forged their passes. Early in the morning they went into the fields to work. At mid-day they were all called off the field, only to discover that they had been betrayed.
Close-up of image on marker
Slave Auction, U.S. South image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 19, 2018
7. Slave Auction, U.S. South
Hammatt Billings depicted a slave auction to illustrate Harriet Beecher Stowe’s abolitionist book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Close-up of image on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 449 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 30, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 2, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   6, 7. submitted on January 30, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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