The Search for Frederick Douglass’s Birthplace
Markers in the Landcape
Frederick Douglass told a Baltimore audience in 1877:
Satellite imagery and 1875 map of Caroline County, Md., were used to locate the site of an African-American church near an upper crossing of the Choptank River.
I recently digitized a paper copy of the map of Caroline County, Maryland, which was drawn by John B. Isler in 1875. While geo-rectifying sections of the map (stretching and warping the images to match the “ground truth”), I noticed a building marked “Col Ch” on the road east from Goldsboro, at the crossing of a branch of the upper Choptank River.
Choptank River Heritage is a coalition of volunteers working to preserve, interpret, and promote the natural and cultural heritage of the Choptank River and its tributaries. We work with partners in local, state, and federal government, and with other non-profit organizations to attract visitors to the Choptank River and encourage participation in river conservation and sustainable economic development.
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