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

Long Wharf-The River

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

 
 
Long Wharf-The River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 28, 2014
1. Long Wharf-The River Marker
Inscription. As a deep-water tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, the Choptank River was a commercial artery of the Eastern Shore since colonial times. Cargoes of timber, tobacco, and farm harvests were hoisted by dockworkers to waiting ships.

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

Long Wharf-The River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 28, 2014
2. Long Wharf-The River Marker
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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 RRAfrican Americans
 
Long Wharf-Choptank River Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 28, 2014
3. Long Wharf-Choptank River Lighthouse
Long Wharf-The Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 28, 2014
4. Long Wharf-The Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester
Driving Tour-Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 7, 2014
5. Driving Tour-Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
 
 
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 229 times since then and 21 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.
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