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East New Market in Dorchester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Faith Community UMC Church-Living a Double Life

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

 
 
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By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
1. Faith Community UMC Church-Living a Double Life Marker-Side 1
Inscription. During the 1840s and 1850s, the locals knew Reverend Samuel Green as a literate, highly respected Methodist Episcopal preacher and community leader. His church once stood here on land donated in 1843 by free woman Sarah Young. While the building no longer survives, the congregation remains active. Like most African Americans in the region, Green’s family lived in fear of separation. His wife Kitty and children Sam Jr. and Sarah were enslaved. When Sam Jr. escaped in 1854, his owner was so enraged that he sold Sam Jr.’s sister Sarah to slave traders from Missouri.

Unknown to many, Rev. Green had a second life. For years, he served as an Underground Railroad agent, secretly aiding Harriet Tubman and freedom-seeking refugees.

Green’s luck ran out in 1857 when authorities tracked the escape of a group of freedom seekers, known as the “Dover Eight” to his doorstep. Green was arrested, tried and sent to prison, convicted of possessing a copy of the abolitionist publication—Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

(Photo at the top) Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Vol. II. –Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel was considered by some to have “laid the ground work for the Civil War.” Image courtesy of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collection Library, University of Virginia.

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By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
2. Faith Community UMC Church-Living a Double Life Marker-Side 2

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway marker series.
 
Location. 38° 35.808′ N, 75° 54.888′ W. Marker is in East New Market, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 509 Railroad Avenue, East New Market MD 21631, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Friendship Hall (approx. half a mile away); East New Market (approx. 0.6 miles away); My Lady Sewall’s Manor (approx. 2.2 miles away); Choptank Landing-Escape from Poplar Neck (approx. 6.2 miles away); Escape from Poplar Neck (approx. 6.2 miles away); The Maryland Lot (approx. 6.2 miles away); Choptank (approx. 6.2 miles away); Freedom (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East New Market.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
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By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
3. Faith Community UMC Church
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By Don Morfe, November 25, 2014
4. Faith Community UMC Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 232 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 25, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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