Caroline Courthouse-In the Shadow of Justice

Caroline Courthouse-In the Shadow of Justice (HM1I59)

Location: Denton, MD 21629 Caroline County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.184', W 75° 49.95'

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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

Many facets of 19th century rural life focused on a county's courthouse. Elected officials, lawyers, merchants, and ordinary citizens all had reasons to gather at the Caroline County Courthouse Square. For the enslaved and abolitionists, the square possessed a more sinister purpose.

Conducted in the shadow of the courthouse—the symbolic center of government and justice—local slave auction exhibited the inhumanity and raw, lucrative economics of the antebellum slave trade. The county jail also held abolitionists like Hugh Haziett, accused of aiding the runaways he tried to guide to freedom.

Above: As the time of their intended escape drew nearer, their anxiety grew more and more intense, their food was prepared and their clothing packed. Douglass had forged their passes. Early in the morning they went into the fields to work. At mid-day they were all called off the field, only to discover that they had been betrayed.

Right: Hammatt Billings depicted a slave auction to illustrate Harriet Beecher Stowe's abolitionist book, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

HM NumberHM1I59
Series This marker is part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway series
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Date Added Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 9:04am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 427796 N 4304499
Decimal Degrees38.88640000, -75.83250000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.184', W 75° 49.95'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 11.04" N, 75° 49' 57" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6 N 2nd St, Denton MD 21629, US
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