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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge-Taking Refuge from Slavery

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

 
 
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge-Taking Refuge from Slavery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 28, 2014
1. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge-Taking Refuge from Slavery Marker
Inscription. It is no accident that for years more fugitives escaped from slavery in Maryland than any other state—the 1850 census recorded 259 runaways. Location played a critical role in these escapes. Networks of black and white abolitionists helped fugitives across borders to adjacent free states. Local terrain contributed too.

In the 1840s and 1850s, settings like Blackwater offered refuge to Rit Geen Ross, Harriet Tubman’s mother, when she successfully hid her son Moses in Greenbriar Swamp, so that he could not be sold to a Georgia slave trader.

Remember, when you bike or drive the refuge’s Wildlife Drive, paddle the rivers, or walk a trail, that for slaves fleeing the area, knowledge of the rivers, marshes, fields, and forests meant the difference between freedom, perishing, or a return to slavery.

“The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart; and he is relieved by them, only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears.”
Frederick Douglas-Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas.

(Inscription under the painting at the top)
Bernarda Bryson Shahn-In Hiding, ca. 1935. Ink and watercolor Art-Estate of Bernarda Bryson Shahn/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

(Inscription under the photo in the bottom)
A sunset over Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge-Courtesy of Becky Gregory
 
Marker series.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge-Taking Refuge from Slavery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 28, 2014
2. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge-Taking Refuge from Slavery Marker
This marker is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway marker series.
 
Location. 38° 26.814′ N, 76° 7.134′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker is on Key Wallace Drive. 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Welcome to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Why Use Native Plants? (approx. 0.2 miles away); Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel (approx. ¾ mile away); Pool One at Wildlife Drive (approx. 1.5 miles away); Muskrat and Nutria (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem (approx. 1.6 miles away); The American Bald Eagle (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
Driving Tour-Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 7, 2014
3. Driving Tour-Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 314 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 11, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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