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Buttons Creek:Jane Kane Escape Site

Jane Kane's escape from the Horatio Jones plantation on Buttons Creek near Church Creek, Maryland is nominated to the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. On Christmas Eve, 1854, Jane Kane fled from her enslaver, Horatio Jones.Kane was the fiancé of Harriet Tubman's brother, Ben Ross, Jr., and the two conspired to run away together when Tubman returned to Maryland to affect the escape of three of her brothers.Jones's plantation was situated along the Blackwater River and Buttons Creek, next to the former Anthony Thompson plantation where the Ross family had once been enslaved in Dorchester County, MD. Jane used a disguise – men's clothing – to successfully flee Jones, and her escape is one of the few first person narratives dictated to and published by abolitionist Benjamin Drew in Canada in 1855. A significant portion of the original Jones plantation is now owned by Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Dorchester County.This escape is featured in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway map guide and audio tour.Visitors can kayak or canoe to Buttons Creek via the Blackwater River and view from the water the landscapes where Jane would have been held in slavery and from where she fled.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: Blackwater River at Buttons Creek, Cambridge, Dorchester, 21613

Contact Information: 410-228-2677 (main phone)

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Blackwater Wildlife Refuge

Location Type: Site