Bucktown in Dorchester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Call of Freedom
An Act of Defiance
Young Harriet Tubman made her first stand against the injustice of slavery at Bucktown village store. While on an errand with a plantation cook, she encountered a white overseer disciplining a slave. The overseer ordered Tubman to help tie the slave down. She refused — an astonishing display of defiance for any slave, much less a girl of about age 13. The young man broke free, and the overseer picked up a two-pound weight and hurled it at him. Instead, he hit Tubman on the head with a blow that nearly killed her. Many historians believe this injury was linked to the frequent seizures Tubman experienced as an adult. These episodes were accompanied by vivid dreams that the deeply religious Tubman regarded as messages from God.
The Flight of the Dover Eight
In 1857, Thomas Elliot, Denwood Hughes, and Henry Predo fled from a nearby farm then owned by Prichett Meredith. The three joined five others in making the way north to freedom, but the group was
Marker series. This marker is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway marker series.
Location. 38° 27.55′ N, 76° 1.869′ W. Marker is in Bucktown, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Bucktown Road and Greenbriar Road. Touch for map. This marker is on the north side of the Bucktown Village Store. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4303 Bucktown Road, Cambridge MD 21613, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Harriet Tubman (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Finding Freedom (approx. 0.9 miles away); Pool One at Wildlife Drive (approx. 3½ miles away); Muskrat and Nutria (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem (approx. 3.6 miles away); The American Bald Eagle Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel (approx. 4.1 miles away); Welcome to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bucktown.
Also see . . . Bucktown Store. D-80, Maryland Historical Trust Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties Form. (Submitted on January 22, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 22, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 22, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 7, 8, 9. submitted on January 24, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.