Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad BywayFounded in 1876 as Jefferson Methodist Episcopal Church, New Revived United Methodist Church was one of five African American congregations established in this vicinity between 1864 and 1880. These churches were rooted in faith communities that had thrived long before emancipation. Connected by rugged logging roads and well worn footpaths, free and enslaved families and associates would meet to share meals, prayers, and limited socializing.
Harriet Tubman's own life confirmed these close community ties. Her enslaved brother William Henry married a free woman named Harriet Ann Parker, who lived near here with her parents and siblings. During the Christmas holiday of 1854, William Henry escaped and made his way to St. Catherine's, Canada. Soon after, his wife and their two sons followed him. Their journeys north along the Underground Railroad were all secretly arranged and guided by Harriet Tubman, who had fled slavery five years earlier but felt compelled to help others escape too.
" Twant me, 'twas the Lord. I always told Him, 'I trust to you. I don't know where to go or what to do, but I expect you to lead me,' and He always did."Harriet Tubman
(Inscription under the photo at the top) Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) ARS, NY-Harriet Tubman and the Promised Land, #4; A Mother Tells the Story of Moses, 1967. Gouache and tempra on paper, 11 ½" x 11 ¼" Hampton University Museum, Hampton, VA-Image credit: The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation/Art Resource, NY
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|Date Added||Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 at 9:02am PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 388806 N 4259133|
|Decimal Degrees||38.47360000, -76.27470000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 28.416', W 76° 16.482'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 28' 24.96" N, 76° 16' 28.92" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 4334-4336 Smithville Rd, Taylors Island MD 21669, US|
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