Greensboro-Threatened by Ideas
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
Site of the northern-most bridge over the Choptank River, Greensboro served as a link between the river and overland traffic. Dockworkers loaded and unloaded grains, timber, and manufacturing goods. Transferred to wagons, cargoes lumbered along to markets in Delaware, Philadelphia, and beyond. In return, news and ideas of liberty, abolitionism, and equality flowed to the Eastern Shore, influencing and energizing social discourse.
Greensboro resident Peter Harrington served as president of the Choptank Abolition Society during the 1790s. Formed in a pro-slavery community where abolitionist beliefs threatened economic interests, the society was short lived. Its legacy lived on in the secret activities of Underground Railroad agents.
RIGHT: Born into slavery in nearby Talbot County, Frederick Douglass learned to read despite the fact that the law forbade teaching an enslaved person to read or write. “Knowledge,” Douglas wrote, “is the pathway from slavery to freedom.”
Marker series. This marker is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway marker series.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Peter Harrington (here, next to this marker); Letter to Lincoln (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Goldsborough House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Greensboro (approx. 0.3 miles away); Neck Meeting House Native Garden (approx. 6.2 miles away); Tuckahoe Neck Meeting House-Living Their Beliefs (approx. 6.2 miles away); Neck Meeting House (approx. 6.2 miles away); Maryland's Eastern Shore (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greensboro.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans •
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