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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Howard County's link with Underground Railroad


     With yesterday's announcement that Maryland native Harriet Tubman will appear on the $20 bill in the future I saw many references to her involvement with the Underground Railroad.  A few years ago I was curious to learn if the Railroad passed through Howard County.  What I learned was that there were numerous routes used in the Railroad and that some routes may have passed through Howard County.

Whether Tubman came through Howard County is unclear.

      What I did learn was that many of the routes followed rivers and streams like the one above that were used to lead escaping slaves to know locations alone the route of the Railroad and to throw off the scents of dogs used to track the escaping slaves.  Additionally the presence of free African Americans in Howard County would have also been important to providing safe passage through our County.
    To read that blog posting click here.  


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