In the context of the UGRR and abolition movement, the New Castle Courthouse represents the punishment and retribution that could be imposed on those who assisted enslaved persons on their journey to freedom. Thomas Garrett and John Hunn, Delaware's two most prominent Quaker abolitionists and station masters on the UGRR, were prosecuted under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793 for aiding and harboring fugitive slaves. The events of the escape of the Hawkins family, the actions of Thomas Garrett and John Hunn in assisting this family and the subsequent federal trial of Garrett and Hunn are one of the most well publicized and documented accounts of the UGRR. The results of the Garrett/Hunn trials at the New Castle Courthouse reaffirmed the commitment of these men to assist those fleeing enslavement.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 211 Delaware Street, New Castle, 19720
Website: New Castle Court House
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: James Stewart
Location Type: Site
People/Organizations Associated with the site: Fugitive Slave Law
UGRR Operatives: John Hunn,Thomas Garrett