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Jacob Jackson Home Site

The Jacob Jackson Home Site, part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Dorchester County, Maryland, is relevant to the Underground Railroad because of Jackson's link to the Christmas 1854 escape of Harriet Tubman's three brothers from Dorchester County. Jacob Jackson was a literate, free black farmer and noted veterinarian. Hearing of the possible sale of her brothers over the Christmas holiday, Tubman had a letter written for her in Philadelphia to send to Jackson, who was then living near Parson's Creek, For caution's sake Tubman and Jacob must have established a secret code at some point earlier for use in conveying secret messages. Upon receipt of the letter, Jackson informed Tubman's brothers they should be prepared for Tubman's arrival. Robert, Ben, Jr., and Henry Ross, and several friends gathered forty miles away, in a corn crib not far from their parents' cabin on Dr. Anthony Thompson's property at Poplar Neck in Caroline County, to await their escape with their sister Harriet Tubman.

Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: c/o Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, Dorchester, 21613

National Park Unit: Yes

Ownership: Superintendent Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument

Location Type: Site