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Agents on the Underground Railroad

 
 
Agents on the Underground Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 27, 2022
1. Agents on the Underground Railroad Marker
Inscription.  
When Harriet Tubman engaged with the Underground Railroad, she tapped into a secret network of people who firmly believed it was time to end slavery. There were always some enslaved people who seized opportunities to flee to freedom, but by the 1830s, a diverse group of like-minded people were motivated to actively help slaves escape. Some risked their lives during the dangerous and unlawful work of hiding, transporting, feeding, or clothing escapees. Others worked to expand the organized antislavery movement and political sentiment.

William Still
William Still worked for the Vigilance Committee in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and secretly kept records of all of the slaves he helped to freedom. "…of all the blacks that worked in the Underground Railroad, all names pale before that of Harriet Tubman, whose base of operations included the slave states themselves."

Thomas Garrett
Thomas Garrett, a Quaker merchant in Wilmington, Delaware, provided food, money, and shoes to slaves on their way to William Still in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He once said of Tubman, "I never met with any person of
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any color who had more confidence in the voice of God, as spoken direct to her soul."

Samuel Green
Samuel Green was a free Methodist minister and an Underground Railroad conductor here in Dorchester County, Maryland. Harriet helped guide his son to freedom in 1854. Reverend Green was imprisoned in 1857 for possessing a copy of the anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass was born in Talbot County, Maryland, in 1818 and escaped from slavery in 1838. He was an author and orator and a leader in the antislavery movement. Of Tubman he said, "One colored woman who escaped eight years ago made several returns at great risk, and brought fifty others from the house of slavery."
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansChurches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Quakerism series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1854.
 
Location. 38° 33.581′ N, 76° 3.803′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street (Maryland Route 343) and Ocean Gateway (U.S. 50), on the right when traveling west on Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 744 Washington St, Cambridge MD 21613, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers.
Agents on the Underground Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 27, 2022
2. Agents on the Underground Railroad Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harriet Tubman Memorial Garden (here, next to this marker); Abolitionist, Scout, Spy, and Nurse (within shouting distance of this marker); Born To Be Free (within shouting distance of this marker); Goldsborough Stable (approx. half a mile away); Neild Museum (approx. half a mile away); Annie Oakley Lived Down The Street (approx. half a mile away); Turning Numbers into Names… (approx. half a mile away); Robbins Heritage Center (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 28, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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