Stanley Institute-Racing to Freedom

Stanley Institute-Racing to Freedom (HM1HRI)

Location: Cambridge, MD 21613 Dorchester County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 32.7', W 76° 6.186'

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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

In October 1857, ten years before Stanley Institute was established two large groups of enslaved families successfully fled this area.

Caroline and Daniel Stanley and their six children escaped with Nat and Lizzie Amby and six others. Two weeks later, a group of 28 fled from nearby. Aaron and Daffney Cornish, Joe and Susan Viney, and Kit and Leah Anthony brought away numerous children. Siblings Joe and Sarah Jane Hill joined them.
Heavily armed, they appeared determined to avoid capture. Braving cold, rainy weather they raced toward Wilmington, Delaware closely pursued by slave catchers seeking high rewards, including $2.000 offered by Samuel Pattison. With help from individuals along the Underground Railroad, they made their way to freedom in Canada.

Shocked Dorchester residents increased slave patrols and restricted the mobility of blacks, making Harriet Tubman's own return trips impossible for nearly three years.

(Inscription beside the photo in the lower left) RIGHT: Emma Piper was the first teacher to welcome students to the new Stanley Institute. Before the Civil War, it was a crime to teach a slave to read, and there were few opportunities for free blacks to learn. In 1867, the local community set about educating their children. For the next 100 years, generations of students reported here for schooling

(Inscription below the photo) Joseph F. Soura, Jr. Graphic Drawing based on a Photograph of Miss Emma.

(Inscription below the drawing at the top) William Still..Twenty-Eight Fugitives Escaping from the Eastern Shore of Maryland 1872. Courtesy of the New York Public Library

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Date Added Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 at 9:04am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 403870 N 4266863
Decimal Degrees38.54500000, -76.10310000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 32.7', W 76° 6.186'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 32' 42" N, 76° 6' 11.16" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1615 Bayly Rd, Cambridge MD 21613, US
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