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

Born To Be Free

 
 
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Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 27, 2022
1. Born To Be Free Marker
Inscription.  
"I was a stranger in a strange land; and my home, after all, was down in Maryland, because my father, my mother, my brothers, and sisters, and friends were there. But I was free, and they should be free."
Harriet Tubman to Sarah Bradford in Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman, 1868

Harriet Tubman was born in 1822 and named Araminta "Minty" Ross. Her parents Harriet "Rit" Green and Ben Ross were enslaved by different owners here in Dorchester County, Maryland. By law, children of African Americans inherited their legal status from their mother. For that reason, Minty and her siblings were the property of Edward Brodess of Bucktown a few miles away.

From the age of six, Minty was hired out to other planters who were often abusive and cruel. In her teens, she received a severe blow to her head that nearly killed her. Some years later, she went to work for Dr. Anthony C. Thompson, who owned vast tracts of timber and had hired some of her siblings. Around 1844, Minty married John Tubman, a freeman, and changed her name to Harriet Tubman.

Escape To Freedom
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and her siblings hoped they would be freed when their owner, Edward Brodess, died in 1849. When they realized that was not likely, they feared being taken and sold in the Deep South. Harriet knew it was time for her to go. One night she snuck away alone. Following the North Star and hiding during the day, Harriet Tubman eventually found her way to Pennsylvania, where she made plans to rescue her family left behind.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansAgricultureWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1822.
 
Location. 38° 33.571′ N, 76° 3.777′ 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: 4 Washington St, Cambridge MD 21613, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harriet Tubman Memorial Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Agents on the Underground Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Abolitionist, Scout, Spy, and Nurse (within shouting distance of this marker); Goldsborough Stable (approx. half a mile away); Turning Numbers into Names…
Born To Be Free Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 27, 2022
2. Born To Be Free Marker
(approx. half a mile away); Neild Museum (approx. half a mile away); Annie Oakley Lived Down The Street (approx. half a mile away); Robbins Heritage Center (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
 
 
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 127 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 28, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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