After receiving permission from the judge, Thomas Garrett procured a wagon and had the family transported to his home in Wilmington. There they joined Samuel Burris and the other freedom seekers, and within a few days escaped over the Delaware state line into Pennsylvania. << Previous Location Next Location >>
Emeline, Sam and the six children traveled to Byberry Township, Pennsylvania. They were helped by Robert Purvis, leader of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society. Emeline and her family settled in freedom on a farm close to his property.
James Booth, Jr. was born in 1789 in New Castle, De. A graduate of Princeton, he was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1812. He had a long and successful law practice and in 1841 was appointed Chief Justice of Delaware. During his tenure as Chief Justice, the case of the Hawkins family was brought […]
Located in the historic district of the City of New Castle is the New Castle Court House Museum. Administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, it is one of the oldest courthouses in the United States and is a registered National Historic Landmark Site. The original 1732 court is built over the remains […]
Enslaved Emeline Hawkins lived in the town of Ingleside, Queen Anne’s county, Maryland, with her husband, Sam Hawkins, a free man, and their six children. Her eldest sons, Chester and Samuel, were the property of Charles W. Glanding. Her four youngest children, ages 18 months to 10 years, were the alleged property of Elizabeth Turner. […]
‘The Path to Freedom: A History of the Underground Railroad in Delaware’ exhibit at the New Castle Court House Museum
Exhibit explores Delaware’s role in the clandestine network that transported American slaves to freedom including the true journey of the Hawkins family from bondage in Maryland, through Delaware, to freedom in Pennsylvania.
Exhibit explores the history of rail travel and transport in the First State.
Commemorating the 250th anniversary of John Dickinson’s revolutionary ‘Letters From a Farmer in Pennsylvania’
Website and public programs celebrate Dickinson’s pivotal role in setting the stage for the American Revolution.
Exhibit examines the 17th-century struggle for control of New Castle, Del. by the Dutch, Swedes and English.