The Camden Friends Meeting House is associated with the Underground Railroad as a site of regional Quaker worship that formed the hub of a network of individuals, connected by faith, family, and conviction, who assisted freedom seekers navigate the complex and dangerous Delaware landscape on their way north to Philadelphia and beyond. It is also the burial place of many of those individuals, both well known and lesser so. The most well known and well documented UGRR operative buried here was John Hunn (1819-1894), who with Thomas Garrett was prosecuted for assisting the Samuel Hawkins family as they traveled through Delaware in 1845. Long considered an important member of the Meeting, an undated bronze plaque was erected detailing his story in the Meeting House parking lot. Other members of the Meeting known for participation in the Underground Railroad include Jabez Jenkins, whose brick home on Main Street is a reputed stop on the Underground Railroad, and Ezekial Jenkins, whose connection to the Underground Railroad is documented in the escape of Samuel Hawkins in 1845 as the author of a letter in the possession of conductor Samuel D. Burris tp Quakers in the Odessa/Middletown area who would provide aid.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 122 E. Camden-Wyoming Ave, Camden, 19934
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Paul Bender
Location Type: Site
UGRR Operatives: John Hunn,Thomas Garrett
Religious Denominations: Quaker