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Willow Grove in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Samuel D. Burris

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 11, 2019
1. Samuel D. Burris Marker
Inscription.  Samuel D. Burris, a free African-American conductor on the Underground Railroad resided in the Willow Grove area during the 1840s. He helped enslaved people find their pathway to freedom in Philadelphia. Caught for aiding and abetting runaway slaves in 1847, Burris was tried and convicted in the Kent County Court of General Sessions. He was imprisoned in accordance with the law and sold into servitude. Purchased with abolitionist funds, he was taken to Philadelphia. The family moved to San Francisco shortly after California was admitted as a free state. He continued to help others gain their freedom by raising funds for the cause until his death in 1863.
 
Erected 2015 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number KC-118.)
 
Location. 39° 3.599′ N, 75° 38.209′ W. Marker is in Willow Grove, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is at the intersection of Willow Grove Road (Delaware Route 10) and Henry Cowgill Road (Delaware Route 10), on the left when traveling north on Willow Grove Road. Touch for map. Marker is
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 11, 2019
2. Samuel D. Burris Marker
at or near this postal address: 6392 Willow Grove Road, Camden Wyoming DE 19934, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Immigrant Jewish Farms (approx. 2.7 miles away); Cow Marsh Primitive Baptist Church (approx. 3.3 miles away); North Murderkill Hundred (approx. 4.4 miles away); Thomas' Chapel (approx. 4 miles away); Felton Railroad Station (approx. 4.7 miles away); Honor and Remember (approx. 4.8 miles away); Town of Felton (approx. 4.8 miles away); Rescue House of Prayer (approx. 4.8 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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