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Ellicott City in Howard County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Howard County Jail, 1851:

National Park Service Underground Railroad

 

—Network to Freedom —

 
Howard County Jail, 1851: Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
1. Howard County Jail, 1851: Marker
Inscription. The Howard County Jail, located at 1 Emory Street, in the Historic District of Ellicott City, Maryland, was the location where freedom seekers and those charged with encouraging enslaved persons to run away or rise up against their masters or similar charges during the age of enslavement were held from January 1852 through the end of slavery in Maryland on November 1, 1864. The Maryland General Assembly passed an act authorizing the Board of Commissioners of Howard District to levy taxes to create the jail. The jail was accepted for use on December 16, 1851. Among the prisoners held were runaways like Augusta Spriggs and Richard Martin, held as a fugitive without a pass.
 
Location. 39° 16.154′ N, 76° 47.86′ W. Marker is in Ellicott City, Maryland, in Howard County. Marker can be reached from Court Place, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3730 Court Place, Ellicott City MD 21043, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Ida (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Patapsco Female Institute (about 500 feet away); Howard County Courthouse, 1843: (about 500 feet away); Sunflower Church
Howard County Jail, 1851: Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
2. Howard County Jail, 1851: Marker
(about 500 feet away); Word Wars I, II and Korea Memorial (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Patapsco Female Institute (about 500 feet away); Wootton Law Offices (about 600 feet away); The Firehouse Museum (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellicott City.
 
Also see . . .  HO-54, Howard County Jail. Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties Form, Maryland Historical Trust. (Submitted on December 20, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansMan-Made FeaturesNotable Buildings
 
Howard County Jail image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
3. Howard County Jail
Close-up of photo on marker
Howard County Jail image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
4. Howard County Jail
Howard County Jail image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
5. Howard County Jail
Cupola - Howard County Jail image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
6. Cupola - Howard County Jail
Howard County Jail image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 20, 2017
7. Howard County Jail
East Front of the 1878 jail building.
1878 Jail Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 20, 2017
8. 1878 Jail Plaque
Jerome C. Berry County
William Rowles   Commissioners
Samuel Brown

John Laing C.E.  Architect

James Rowles
Robert Wilson   Builders

         1878
Jail Door image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 20, 2017
9. Jail Door
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 19, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7, 8, 9. submitted on December 21, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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