Storm Blocks the Route to Freedom

Storm Blocks the Route to Freedom (HM16HN)

Location: Lexington Park, MD 20653 St Mary's County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 3.119', W 76° 19.627'

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In April 1848, the Chesapeake Bay's stormy weather doomed a maritime dash to freedom by 77 slaves from Washington D.C.

Anti-slavery activist William L. Chapin had arranged for the schooner Pearl to spirit the 77 to New York and liberty. But when Captain Daniel Drayton was forced to seek shelter in Point Lookout Creek and Cornfield Harbor, the fugitive slaves had no choice but to surrender.

Liberty for Some

Two of the Pearl's unlucky passengers, sisters Mary and Emily Edmonson, were taken to the D. C. jail and sold to a slave trader, with their siblings, for $4,500. But the renowned preacher Henry Ward Beecher raised enough money to gain their liberty, and entrusted them to his sister Harriet Beecher Stowe. She sent them to an Ohio preparatory school — and recounted the Pearl story in her classic novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Tuberculosis killed Mary, but Emily later returned to D. C., and helped develop the curriculum of the Normal School, later the University of the District of Columbia.
HM NumberHM16HN
Placed ByMaryland Park Service
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Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 4:38am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 383562 N 4212413
Decimal Degrees38.05198333, -76.32711667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 3.119', W 76° 19.627'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 3' 7.14" N, 76° 19' 37.62" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10485 Point Lookout Rd, Lexington Park MD 20653, US
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