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Hurlock in Dorchester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Freedom

From Political Persecution and Tyranny

 
 
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By F. Robby, November 4, 2007
1. Freedom Marker
Inscription. We the people honor these men who brought democracy to Dorchester County July 8, 1985 by a change of the Constitution of Maryland ordered by the United States Courts:

George C. Jones, Charles F. Hurley Sr., Don W. Bradley, Oliver Harding, Richard Harding, William Reid, Edward Conway, William O. Corkran, Leon Medford, Gregory Meekins

Text on Marker Base: Lest we forget

1851 - The Maryland Constitution was written requiring voting at large to assure control of minorities.

1978 - Gov. Millard E. Tawes and Gov. George C. Jones, District 763 Rotary Int., lifelong friends, agreed to improve the Dorchester County political system.

1980 - Funds were raised and placed in escrow for legal expenses.

1981 - The North Dorchester Democratic Club was formed.

1983 - The Club requested the U.S. Justice Dept. to make investigations. Results: suits filed against Dorchester County officials in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The Voting Rights Act 42-U.S.C. 1973 was being violated.

July 8, 1985 - U.S. Judge Norman J. Ramsey ordered 5 equal districts, abolished at-large voting and signed the consent decree, paving the way for other voting rights cases.

1986 - The Maryland legislature changed the constitution.

Nov. 10, 1987 - This stone
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By F. Robby, November 4, 2007
2. Freedom Marker Base
was erected.
 
Erected 1987.
 
Location. 38° 41.598′ N, 75° 53.742′ W. Marker is in Hurlock, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker is on East New Market Ellwood Road (Maryland Route 331) 0.4 miles south of Preston Road (Maryland Route 318), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hurlock MD 21643, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Linchester Mill (approx. half a mile away); The Underground Railroad (approx. 0.6 miles away); Linchester (approx. 0.6 miles away); Linchester Mill-Living Dangerously (approx. 0.6 miles away); Leverton House-Finding Safe Haven (approx. 0.9 miles away); Preston (approx. 1˝ miles away); Site of Frazier’s Chapel (approx. 1˝ miles away); Mt. Pleasant Cemetery-Dangerous Rendezvous (approx. 2˝ miles away).
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
 
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By Johnny Tillery, circa November 12, 2012
3. Freedom Marker
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By Johnny Tillery, circa November 12, 2012
4. Freedom Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2010, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,471 times since then and 109 times this year. Last updated on August 10, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2010, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on October 26, 2014. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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