Greensboro-Threatened by Ideas

Greensboro-Threatened by Ideas (HM1I5L)

Location: Greensboro, MD 21639 Caroline County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 58.56', W 75° 48.264'

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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

More than cargo flowed through commercial towns like Greensboro. Abolitionist ideas and freedom seekers on the move created tension within a society dependent on slavery.


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."

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HM NumberHM1I5L
Series This marker is part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway series
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Date Added Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 430321 N 4314420
Decimal Degrees38.97600000, -75.80440000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.56', W 75° 48.264'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 33.6" N, 75° 48' 15.84" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 205-299 N Main St, Greensboro MD 21639, US
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