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Dorchester County Courthouse

Dorchester County Courthouse

The Dorchester County Courthouse, located in the port town of Cambridge, MD, was the site of several significant incidents in the story of the UGRR in Dorchester Co. In 1850, Kessiah Jolley Bowley and her 2 children escaped from the slave auction block in front of the courthouse. In 1857, free black preacher and UGRR agent Rev. Samauel Green was put on trial in the courthouse for providing a safe house for runaways, and for owning a copy of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Later in 1858, Hugh Hazlitt was tried and convicted here for assisting enslaved Africans in escaping in violation of the Fugitive Slave Act. During the trial, Hazlitt's case received national attention and was reported in the New York Tribune on Aug. 7, 1858. The Bowleys' escape is also of national significance, for it was the first time that Harriet Tubman, a nationally known conductor on the UGRR, helped others on their flight to freedom.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 2 Rose Hill Place, Cambridge, 21613

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Dorchester County Council

Location Type: Site

Freedom Seekers: Kessiah Jolley Bowley

UGRR Operatives: Hugh Hazlett