Bucktown in Dorchester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Call of Freedom
In the mid-19th century, 8,000 African Americans lived in Dorchester County. Roughly half were slaves; most of the rest worked as free laborers. Enslaved blacks, free blacks, and abolitionist whites worked together to operate the Underground Railroad, a secret network of "stations" and "conductors" that led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom and became a powerful national symbol of resistance to slavery.
A Childhood in Slavery
The Bucktown area has changed little since Harriet Tubman's childhood. Born Araminta "Minty" Ross in the early 1820s, Tubman grew up to become a daring and successful Underground Railroad conductor. After escaping bondage herself in 1849, she made 13 trips back to the Eastern Shore and led over 70 people from slavery to freedom
With strong family ties in this area, Tubman often returned to rescue her own cherished relatives and friends. Tubman, her mother and siblings were owned by Edward Brodess and lived on his farm. As early as age six or seven, Tubman was hired out to nearby farms and endured extended separations from her family.
The Birthplace Question
Some written accounts and local oral history identify the Brodess farm as Tubman's birthplace although historians have not been able to verify the actual birth site.
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
Location. 38° 27.538′ N, 76° 2.916′ W. Marker is in Bucktown, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker is on Greenbrier Road one mile west of Bestpitch Ferry Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cambridge MD 21613, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Harriet Tubman (a few steps from this marker); Pool One at Wildlife Drive (approx. 2.6 miles away); Muskrat and Nutria (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem (approx. 2.8 miles away); The American Bald Eagle (approx. 2.8 miles away); Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel (approx. 3.2 miles away); Welcome to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (approx. 3.9 miles away); Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge-Taking Refuge from Slavery (approx. 3.9 miles away).
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,025 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 4, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.