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Harmony in Caroline County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“Sailing Away to Freedom”-Glipin Point

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

 
 
“Sailing Away to Freedom” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
1. “Sailing Away to Freedom” Marker
Inscription. Glipinís Point was one of the busiest wharves along the Choptank River in Caroline County where steamboats and sailing vessels transported people, timber, agricultural products, and seafood. It sat just upriver from Dr. Anthony C. Thompsonís plantation where Harriet Tubmanís parents lived and where Tubman herself conducted several of her most famous escapes.

Forty-year-old Joseph Cornish, a blacksmith and minister, was enslaved by Capt. Samuel W. LeCompte, USN, who worked him very hard. Joseph was married to a free woman and the father of five children. His struggle for freedom came at great personal cost. On December 8, 1855, Cornish most likely knew about the Underground Railroad network Harriet Tubman relied upon in Philadelphia and New York, when he started out from Cambridge on “foot for Gilpinís Point, where he had heard there was a vessel about to sail.”

Joseph Cornish “worked his passage” to Baltimore, and then he made his way to UGRR agent William Still in Philadelphia on Christmas Day. From there, Cornish was rushed to agent Sydney H. Gay in New York City, who forwarded Cornish to St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, where Harriet Tubman, and many others from Marylandís Eastern Shore were cherishing their newfound freedom.

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway follows the Choptank River

“Sailing Away to Freedom” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
2. “Sailing Away to Freedom” Marker
to Delmarva. Explore the 125-mile road and follow Tubman and others in their quest for freedom. Learn more about the byway at www.HarrietTubmanByway.org. Freedom Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway marker series.
 
Location. 38° 48.582′ N, 75° 53.802′ W. Marker is in Harmony, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker is on Holly Park Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Preston MD 21655, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Richardson (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederick Douglass (approx. 1.7 miles away); Colonel William Richardson (approx. 1.8 miles away); Charles Dickenson (approx. 3.5 miles away); William Still Center-Families Divided & United (approx. 3.7 miles away); Webb Cabin-Living Free (approx. 3.7 miles away); Denton (approx. 6.2 miles away); Nest of Traitors (approx. 6.2 miles away).
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
Choptank River image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
3. Choptank River
Driving Tour Guide-Gilpin Point image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 25, 2014
4. Driving Tour Guide-Gilpin Point
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 361 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 1, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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