— Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
During the early years of the slave trade, captive Africans were unloaded here too. Later, thousands of enslaved people were shipped from Long Wharf to plantations in the South.
Ironically, the Choptank River also served as a route to freedom, part of the Underground Railroad. Slaves fleeing on foot knew to follow the river’s course north to headwaters in Delaware. Some escapees hid aboard vessels, aided by captains or crewman willing to take the risk. Penalties for assisting runaways were steep.
When suspected Underground Railroad agent Hugh Haziett arrived here from Denton to stand trial for assisting runaway slaves, his boat was met by an angry mob. Found guilty, Haziett received a sentence of 44 years in prison.
(Inscription under the photo at the top)
Lawrence Jacob (1917-2000) Ars, NY-The life of Harriet Tubman #9-Casels tempera on hardboard 12” x 17 7/8” Hampton University Museum,
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans. In addition, it is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway series list.
Location. 38° 34.536′ N, 76° 4.302′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker is on High Street at Choptank River. The marker is located at the Long Wharf. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. To the memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (here, next to this marker); Distinguished Service Cross (within shouting distance of this marker); World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The River (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); World War II (about 600 feet away); Cambridge House B&B (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1739 (approx. ¼ mile away); Goldsborough House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 359 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 8, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 7, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.