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History Conversations REWIND: Maryland Freedom Seekers on the Underground Railroad

February 19 - February 25

with Jenny Masur | Maryland was the starting point of many unsung heroes of the Underground Railroad. Freedom seekers embarked on the perilous journey from slavery to freedom in whatever way they could. John Thompson signed onto a whaling ship. James Watkins sailed to England and became a lecturer on slavery. Hester Norman fled, was caught, and was rescued by the Black community in her husband’s Pennsylvania town. They used ruses and found allies to elude slave catchers but lived in constant fear until they obtained their freedom papers. In their adventures, these freedom seekers used initiative, determination, and courage. These qualities served them well as they achieved freedom. Jenny Masur, former National Capital Region manager for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, tells their stories. Originally presented January 2023.

Recording available right here February 19 – 25. 



February 19
February 25


Montgomery History
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