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

Camden Friends Meeting

Burial Place of John Hunn

 
 
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By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
1. Camden Friends Meeting Marker
Inscription.  This house of worship, built in 1805, was first a Preparative Meeting under the care of Motherkiln (Murderkill) Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). In 1830, Camden Monthly Meeting was formed by uniting with Motherkiln and Duck Creek Monthly Meetings. It has since absorbed all other Quaker Meetings in Kent and Sussex Counties. Many members were active in the anti-slavery movement. Local Quakers such as the Hunn, Jenkins, and Cowgill families, were well known for their efforts in support of abolition. Some served as conductors on the Underground Railroad, providing “safe houses” and passing fugitive slaves northward. Of particular note was John Hunn, the Chief Engineer of the Underground Railroad in Delaware. A resident of the Middletown area during much of his life, Hunn was responsible for the operation of the network that transported thousands of escapees through Delaware to Wilmington, and thence to freedom. A man of great modesty, he declined to take credit for his heroic efforts. He was laid to rest in the adjoining burial ground following his death in 1894.
 
Erected
Camden Friends Meeting image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
2. Camden Friends Meeting
2002 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number KC-73.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRChurches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives, and the Quakerism series lists.
 
Location. 39° 6.876′ N, 75° 32.856′ W. Marker is in Camden, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is on East Camden-Wyoming Ave.. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 122 East Camden-Wyoming Ave, Camden Wyoming DE 19934, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Hunn (here, next to this marker); Morning Star Institutional Church of God in Christ, Inc. (approx. ¼ mile away); Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Gov. George Truitt Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Whatcoat Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Camden (approx. 0.3 miles away); Caesar Rodney School District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Caesar Rodney (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 6, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,011 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 6, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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