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Anne Arundel County

Kunta Kinte Memorial Plaque
Annapolis, Md.
Made famous in Alex Haley's Roots, Kunte Kinte arrived in Annapolis from Gambia in 1767 aboard the cargo ship Lord Ligonier. Kinte tried several times to escape from slavery, but he was unsuccessful. Today, more than 200 years after his arrival in bondage, a memorial plaque commemorates Kinte at the Annapolis City Dock at Compromise Street.

Calvert County

Foote Houses
Lusby and Coster, Md.
The two Foote houses along Coster Road can be traced back to Eliza Foote, an herbalist slave woman who fled to York, Penn., after being accused of aiding fugitives in Cockeysville, Md. The Foote House in Lusby was an original slave cabin on the Tongue plantation. In 1890, this land was sold to the Foote family, whose descendants continue to live in the house. The second Foote house in Coster belonged to Thomas Foote, Eliza's son.

Charles County

St. Ignatius Church
Chapel Point, Md.
The St. Ignatius Church and its former slave quarters is located on Bel Alton Road near Route 301. Oral history at the church indicates that the church was a station on the Underground Railroad, and that fugitive slaves were concealed in fish crates, put on boats, and sent North to Delaware along nearby Pope Creek. In 2001 archaeologists discovered a tunnel running underneath the church, along with pottery and other artifacts dating back to the 1850s. The archaeologists' work has not yet been completed.

Prince George's County

Upper Marlboro Jail
Upper Marlboro, Md.
During the nineteenth century, the jailhouse in Upper Marlboro saw the imprisonment of many fugitive slaves and those who attempted to assist them. Among those were George Moody and a Mr. Jones, two brothers-in-law from Piscataway, Md., who unsuccessfully tried to free a Black slave woman and her children. Also jailed in Upper Marlboro was John Ransom leader of the 1739 slave uprising in Poplar Neck.

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