In April 1856, Harriet Tubman arrived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, hoping to rescue her sister Rachel and Rachel's children. Unable to do so, Tubman was informed by the mother of another freedom seeker she had helped escape sometime before that four enslaved men laboring in Dorchester County, MD, were ready to leave with her instead. It was a long and difficult trip, with slave catchers hot on their trail. UGRR agent Sydney Gay of New York City, wrote that "Captain Tubman" had arrived safely with her charges on May 14th. The four men had come from "the same neighborhood," that is, "Cabin Creek" outside of East New Market along the Choptank River. Benjamin Jackson and James Coleman had both been enslaved by Isaac Henry Wright, whose plantations included some of the largest peach farms on the Eastern Shore. The third freedom seeker, Henry Hopkins, was enslaved by John Houston, also from East New Market/Secretary, and the fourth, William A. Connoway [aka Cook], was enslaved by Levin Hodson. Tubman had led them safely to New Castle, Delaware, but the relentless slave catchers eager for the high rewards for their capture slowed them down, forcing them to stay hidden for several days. Thomas Garrett in Wilmington, DE, was able to finally forward them to William Still, UGRR agent in Philadelphia. Still noted their arrival and forwarded them onto Gay who sent them onto Syracuse. They arrived in Canada, settling among other freedom seekers they knew. The nominated site, the Kral Farm, remains intact and includes nearly about one-half of the original and larger farm estate of Isaac Henry Wright, from whom Jackson and Coleman fled.
Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.
Location: 4042 Baker Road, at Route 16, East New Market, 21613
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: John Kral
Location Type: Site
UGRR Operatives: Harriet Tubman