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Long Wharf


Long Wharf

“Portal to Slavery – Gateway to Freedom”
In the 18th century, when people, goods and information traveled by water, Cambridge was a regional center for the slave trade. Ships from Africa and the West Indies brought kidnapped Africans and sold them along this waterfront. From here, the Choptank River extends 65 miles to its headwaters in Delaware. For enslaved people fleeing Dorchester County, the waterway served as a passageway, as well as an obstacle, forcing them to either stowaway on vessels or walk far to find safe crossings at shallow points. Either way, self-liberators knew that by following the river, they would come within a day’s travel to Underground Railroad stations in Delaware.

GPS Coordinates: 38.575108,-76.072447


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