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Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Freedom Lost

 
 
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By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
1. Freedom Lost Marker
Inscription.  By the late 1700s the institution of slavery was declining in Delaware. A changing economy and the active efforts of Quakers and Methodists had led to the manumission of many slaves and dramatic growth of the state’s free black population. Though Congress outlawed importation of slaves in 1808, demand for slave labor in the expanding states of the Deep South continued to grow. A nefarious criminal element sought to fill this need by kidnapping free blacks for sale into slavery. Such was the case in Delaware, where countless numbers of innocent persons were abducted and sent to the South via secret networks operated by criminal gangs. The Abolition Society of Delaware worked tirelessly against the practice, and many brave men and women, both black and white, actively opposed the gangs. Among these was Wilmington resident Thomas Garrett, the legendary Underground Railroad conductor who dedicated his life to the abolition of slavery after the abduction of a woman employed by his family. Despite the efforts of Garrett and others, and the enactment of harsh punishments for kidnappers, Delaware’s black residents continued to live in fear for their
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By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
2. Area of Freedom Lost Marker
safety until the Civil War.

This memorial is dedicated to the victims of this evil enterprise, and those who struggled against it.
 
Erected 2004 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-128.)
 
Location. 39° 44.231′ N, 75° 33.223′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of S. Main Street and King Street, on the right when traveling east on S. Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. South Market Street Bridge Dedicated in Honor of Senator John E. Reilly, Sr. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Railroad Boom (within shouting distance of this marker); South Market Street Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); The Underground Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Harriet Tubman (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Big Quarterly (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named The Great Railroad Boom (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named The Great Railroad Boom (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,252 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 1, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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