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Harriet Tubman
"The Conductor"
By Carl A. Pierce
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TUBMAN – GARRETT

The Underground Railroad 

Thomas Garrett, John Hunn, Ezekiel Jenkins, Samuel D. Burris, and many other Delawareans were prominent Abolitionists of Pre-Civil War Days. Their activities with Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave from Dorchester County, Maryland, frequently referred to as the “Moses of her People” was indeed of monumental importance to both the first state and the United States of America. At the home of Thomas Garrett, 227 Shipley Street, Wilmington, Delaware, more than 2,700 slaves received financial assistance, directions, and moral encouragement in their flight from bondage to freedom. No other point along the entire Underground Network handled as much human traffic as did the Garrett house. For many fugitive slaves enroute to Philadelphia and other points North, the City of Wilmington became known as “A Last Stop Before Freedom”.

Tubman-Garrett Plaque location June 1976:  Peter Spencer Plaza, 800 North French Street, downtown Wilmington. 

Relocation: Tubman-Garrett Historical Plaque was formerly located at Peter Spencer Plaza, 800 North French Street, Wilmington, and relocated for the official dedication of the Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, March 10, 1999. The park is located at the corner of Water & South Street on the Christina River in the vicinity of Amtrak Train Station.  
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The Harriet Tubman Historical Society organized the Thomas Garrett Memorial Project in 1984. Thomas Garrett Memorial Vigil, Thomas Garrett Statue on Quaker Hill sponsored by Bayard Marin, President of Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation, Thomas Garrett Day and Special Newspaper, Initiative to name Del Tech College Campus in  honor of Garrett, SCR 56 sponsored by Senator Harris B. McDowell, and supported the naming of Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park sponsored by the Hon. James M. Baker.  

August 20, 1993, the Harriet Tubman Historical Society celebrated the life/legacy of Thomas Garrett and the Underground Railroad in Delaware. The dedication of the Historical Marker at the corner of 4th & Shipley Streets, Delaware Technical & Community College was unveiled to recognize the significance of Thomas Garrett’s home as a station of the Underground Railroad.  

Thomas Garrett: Savior of Slaves by Gary Soulsman - The News-Journal, Wilmington, Del. Thursday, Aug. 21, 1997 

References:  
Dr. James Newton
Mayor James M. Baker
Harriet Tubman Historical Society
Harriet Tubman Freedom Tour


Harriet Tubman Freedom Tour 1990 at Peter Spencer Plaza.

Harriet Tubman Freedom Tour
Peter Spencer Plaza
Wilmington, Delaware
March 10, 1990

 

Read: Thomas Garrett: Saviour of Slaves by Gary Soulsman, Thursday, August 21, 1997. 
News Journal Company, Wilmington, Delaware.

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