Black History

Historic black schools since 1870. Eight are still standing.

Historic black schools since 1870. Eight are still standing.

This month, we complete our four-year survey of historic schools in Caroline County, 1820-1960.
 
We re-discovered 23 segregated black schools built since the 1870s.

Eight black schools are still there. 

Stand in the Place.

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Leverton the Quaker and Hubbard the free black were neighbors. And secret agents.

Leverton the Quaker and Hubbard the free black were neighbors. And secret agents.

Find out how Hubbard and Leverton with worked with Harriet Tubman and others to move freedom seekers through Caroline County to safety

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“Tuckahoe” by Robert Durwood Madison

“Tuckahoe” by Robert Durwood Madison

In observance of Black History Month, we’re publishing Tuckahoe, a cycle of poems which beckon us to learn more about Frederick Douglass’s life and times – and to Stand in the Place.

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War Heroes

Haunted by the Heroes of 1776

Haunted by the Heroes of 1776

Caroline County sent six regimental, militia, and staff colonels to war against British imperial troops during 1776-1783:

Col. Peter Adams
Col. Matthew Driver
Col. Philip Feddiman
Col. Benson Stainton
Col. William Richardson
Col. William Whiteley

We know where they fought. But we know nearly nothing about the civilian life and final resting place of most of them –  Adams, Feddiman, Driver, and Stainton.

The tombs of Richardson and Whiteley are in forgotten places. The rest are lost.

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A Veteran’s Day salute to Cpl Wm. H. Carney, 38th US Colored Troops

A Veteran’s Day salute to Cpl Wm. H. Carney, 38th US Colored Troops

Union Church is located a few miles northwest of Greensboro, MD. A grave marker still stands a few yards from the church door. The name on the stone is faded but still legible:
CORPL
Wm. H. Carney
Co I
38 U.S. C.I.

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Caroline’s other Colonel is not as Cool

Caroline’s other Colonel is not as Cool

Caroline County has her Revolutionary War hero – Colonel Richardson – with schools named after him and plaques to honor him.

His Caroline County neighbor, Colonel Peter Adams, commanded the Maryland 2nd Regiment in the war’s final battle at Yorktown in 1781. Remember?

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Courageous Women

Murdered! Sallie Dean, Age 13

Murdered! Sallie Dean, Age 13

The murder of a Harmony schoolgirl in 1895 still shocks and fascinates
county residents and true crime enthusiasts.

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Nettie Dean Carter – Ahead of Her Time

Nettie Dean Carter – Ahead of Her Time

In an unusual twist of fate, the Ridgely native – and prominent teacher, suffragette, and businesswoman – received more attention from the Baltimore press than from local media during her remarkable lifetime.

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The Death of 2LT Louise Hollister “Somewhere in the Pacific”

The Death of 2LT Louise Hollister “Somewhere in the Pacific”

Louise Hollister, Maryland School of Nursing, Class of 1939. Native of Hillsboro.

2LT Louise A. Hollister, RN, Army Nurse Corps, 1942-1943, was Maryland’s only Army Nurse casualty in WWII.

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Everyday Citizens

Family Names Search – A Map to Show the Way

Family Names Search – A Map to Show the Way

This article shows you how to use the Choptank River Heritage Family Search Map to find names of persons who owned farms and businesses in Caroline County in the 1890s.

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The black blacksmith with a bellowy laugh

The black blacksmith with a bellowy laugh

In West Denton … there were two blacksmith Shops serving the farmers and residents of the area. One was operated by a Negro named Walter Moore … I doubt if any kingdom ever fell because Walter’s nails came loose.

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Socialist radicals on the Choptank

Socialist radicals on the Choptank

Gilpin Point on the Choptank River was once the site of a colony of radical economic reformers. The small colony of “Georgists” advocated the economic philosophy of Henry George. They held property in common at Gilpin Point, called for a single-land-tax economy, and hoped to create a model utopian community on the Choptank River.

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