Mark Posey was perhaps the highest ranking enslaved individual in the Hampton household prior to Emancipation in 1864. As head waiter, he received special clothing, gifts, and perks, such as a “very good” yellow waistcoat that had belonged to his owner John Ridgely. Yet in 1852, his 15-year old daughter Rebecca chose to seek her freedom, despite the dangers involved. Rebecca was not recaptured and is documented as living in Baltimore City by the mid-1860s. During the Civil War, Mark himself also chose to escape, along with his second wife Louisa Humphries Posey, their infant son, and several of her family members, though the group was quickly recaptured. Mark Posey continued to work as a waiter in both hotels and private households in Towson after being freed.
Last updated: June 6, 2020