The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad (HM37P)

Location: Norfolk, VA 23510
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 50.623', W 76° 17.465'

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After northern states began abolishing slavery during the Revolutionary era, fugitives from throughout southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina started to escape by ship from the Norfolk waterfront. With luck and determination, many succeeded in enlisting the aid of black crewmen working aboard northward-bound vessels. Two of the South's most famous Underground Railroad fugitives, George Latimer and Shadrach Minkins, escaped from Norfolk, most likely by sea. A few ship captains were known by local Railroad agents as being sympathetic to fugitives or at least agreeable to transporting them secretly for a price. Captain William D. Bayliss of the Keziah and Captain Alfred Fountain of the City of Richmond bravely transported runaways from Norfolk during the 1850s when local sentiment against the Underground Railroad was at its highest. The City of Richmond docked at John Higgins' wharf, east of the Berkley Bridge. Higgins was a former owner of Shadrach Minkins.

The City of Norfolk was placed on the National Park Service's Underground Railroad Network to Freedom in 2004.
HM NumberHM37P
Series This marker is part of the Virginia: Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail series
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 10:43am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 384887 N 4078313
Decimal Degrees36.84371667, -76.29108333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 50.623', W 76° 17.465'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 50' 37.38" N, 76° 17' 27.90" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-208 Elizabeth River Trail, Norfolk VA 23510, US
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