Pathways to Freedom: Maryland and the Underground Railroad
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Were there a great many slaves in Maryland?

Millions of men, women, and children were slaves in the United States. In Maryland, many thousands of people were slaves. The nation began taking a census, a count of its people, in 1790. In that year alone, there were over 100,000 slaves in Maryland.

Find historic data for Maryland and its counties in Figure It Out, our interactive timeline.

What about free blacks?
How many people of African descent in Maryland were free?


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