Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Lifetime of Exploration
August 8, 1866 - Born in Charles County, Maryland.
1877-1879 - At the age of 12, leaves home to live in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD.
1879-1884 - Joins the crew of the ship "Katie Hines" as a cabin boy and explores the world. Learns to read, write, and navigate.
1887 - Joins Robert E. Peary to assist in the survey of Nicaragua for a possible canal.
1889 - Moves to Philadelphia and works as a messenger at the League Island Navy Yard.
1891 - Goes to the Greenland Expedition with Peary and lives with the Inuit for over a year.
1895 - Returns from the north to work at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
1908 - Leaves on the USS Roosevelt for a last attempt at reaching the North Pole.
1909 - Reaches the North Pole with Peary and plants the American flag.
1913-1936 - Clerks in the federal customs house in New York.
1944 - Congress awards him the Peary Polar Medal.
1954 - Honored by President Eisenhower at the White House with his wife Lucy Henson.
March 9, 1955 - Dies at the age of 88.
Erected by Montgomery Parks.
Location. 39° 4.591′ N, 77° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Matthew Henson Trail, Silver Spring MD 20906, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Glory (approx. half a mile away); Bioretention Gardens (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Matthew Henson (approx. 1.2 miles away); Conservation Landscaping (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cisterns (approx. 1.4 miles away); Reforestation (approx. 1.6 miles away); Emerald Ash Borer (approx. 1.9 miles away); RainScapes (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
Also see . . .
1. Matthew Henson Trail. (Submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
2. Trail Design and Construction. (Submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Categories. • African Americans • Exploration • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on February 19, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.