“Sailing Away to Freedom”
— Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
Forty-year-old Joseph Cornish, a blacksmith and minister, was enslaved by Capt. Samuel W. LeCompte, USN, who worked him very hard. Joseph was married to a free woman and the father of five children. His struggle for freedom came at great personal cost. On December 8, 1855, Cornish most likely knew about the Underground Railroad network Harriet Tubman relied upon in Philadelphia and New York, when he started out from Cambridge on “foot for Gilpin’s Point, where he had heard there was a vessel about to sail.”
Joseph Cornish “worked his passage” to Baltimore, and then he made his way to UGRR agent William Still in Philadelphia on Christmas Day. From there, Cornish was rushed to agent Sydney H. Gay in New York City, who forwarded Cornish to St. Catherines, Ontario,
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway follows the Choptank River to Delmarva. Explore the 125-mile road and follow Tubman and others in their quest for freedom. Learn more about the byway at www.HarrietTubmanByway.org. Freedom Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway.
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, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, and the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1789.
Location. 38° 48.582′ N, 75° 53.802′ W. Marker is in Harmony, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker is on Holly Park Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Preston MD 21655, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Richardson (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederick Douglass (approx. 1.7 miles away); Colonel William Richardson (approx. 1.8 miles away); Charles Dickenson (approx. 3˝ miles away); The Food Sources of Enslaved Afro-Marylanders (approx. 3.6 miles
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 550 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 1, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.