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Southwest in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Underground Railroad and Waterway

 
 
Underground Railroad and Waterway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 24, 2017
1. Underground Railroad and Waterway Marker
Inscription. In April 1848, the largest slave escape attempt on record in the Unites States took place at the Southwest Waterfront. Seventy-seven men, women, and children boarded the schooner Pearl to sail to freedom, but were ultimately recaptured. The waterfront continued to play a role in antislavery activities of the Underground Railroad, with the Sixth Street wharf a meeting place from where slaves embarked for the north.
 
Location. 38° 52.747′ N, 77° 1.591′ W. Marker is in Southwest, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Wharf Street Southwest. Touch for map. This marker is on the District Pier at DC Wharf in Southwest Washington. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Navigating the Potomac River (a few steps from this marker); Civil War at the Southwest Waterfront (a few steps from this marker); African-American History in Southwest (within shouting distance of this marker); Creating the Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Urban Renewal (within shouting distance of this marker); Long Bridge
Underground Railroad and Waterway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 24, 2017
2. Underground Railroad and Waterway Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); America's Oldest Operating Fish Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Houseboats on the Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwest.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansWaterways & Vessels
 
Underground Railroad and Waterway image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 24, 2017
3. Underground Railroad and Waterway
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 16, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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