Long Wharf-The River
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
During the early years of the slave trade, captive Africans were unloaded here too. Later, thousands of enslaved people were shipped from Long Wharf to plantations in the South.
Ironically, the Choptank River also served as a route to freedom, part of the Underground Railroad. Slaves fleeing on foot knew to follow the riverís course north to headwaters in Delaware. Some escapees hid aboard vessels, aided by captains or crewman willing to take the risk. Penalties for assisting runaways were steep.
When suspected Underground Railroad agent Hugh Haziett arrived here from Denton to stand trial for assisting runaway slaves, his boat was met by an angry mob. Found guilty, Haziett received a sentence of 44 years in prison.
(Inscription under the photo at the top)
Lawrence Jacob (1917-2000) Ars, NY-The life of Harriet Tubman #9-Casels tempera on hardboard 12” x 17 7/8” Hampton University Museum, Hampton VA-Image credit The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation/Art Resource NY
Marker series. This marker is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway marker
Location. 38° 34.536′ N, 76° 4.302′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker is on High Street at Choptank River. Touch for map. The marker is located at the Long Wharf. Marker is in this post office area: Cambridge MD 21613, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (here, next to this marker); World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); This Bell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Christ P. E. Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Finding Freedom (approx. 0.4 miles away); John F. Kennedy (approx. 0.4 miles away); Exploring Dorchester's Fragile Beauty (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 241 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 8, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.