Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
William L. Chaplin Arrested!
William Chaplin was a leader of the Liberty Party and active in the Albany Vigilance Committee. He had come to Washington from New York four years earlier to take the place of Charles Torrey, an abolitionist and operative on the underground railroad, who died in prison in 1846. Chaplin had been active during that time
Since there was originally some dispute over whether the arrest took place in D.C. or in Maryland, Chaplin was imprisoned in Washington for six weeks and released on $6,000 bond, and was subsequently imprisoned in Maryland for thirteen weeks and released on $19,000 bond on December 24, 1850. The bond money was raised by fellow abolitionists. Chaplin left the area when released, forfeiting the bond, and never came to trial.
Erected by National Underground Railroad - Network to Freedom.
Location. 38° 59.105′ N, 77° 1.583′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Avenue (at milepost 97) and Blair Road, on the right when traveling north on Georgia Avenue. Touch for map. Located at the west entrance to Jesup Blair Park. Marker is in this post office area: Silver Spring MD 20910, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Civil War in Silver Spring (a few steps from this marker); Original Federal Boundary Stone NE 1 Jesup Blair House (about 500 feet away); The Blair Family and the Civil War (about 600 feet away); Silver Spring Experienced by a Mother and Child, 1861-1865 (about 600 feet away); The Blair Family and their Silver Spring Homes (about 600 feet away); Living in Takoma Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Blair Mansion: Silver Spring / Blair Station Post Office (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
More about this marker. The marker displays portraits of William L. Chaplin, Senator Robert Toombs, and Alexander H. Stephens. The lower section of the marker is a depiction of the incident described in the text.
Also see . . . National Underground Railroad - Network to Freedom. The National Park Service coordinates preservation and education efforts through this program. (Submitted on December 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Civil Rights •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,968 times since then and 135 times this year. Last updated on October 25, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1. submitted on December 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 16, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 6. submitted on December 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.