Jesup Blair Park in Silver Spring will be one of the first sites included in the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom to display Underground Railroad information. The park is included in a recently-announced guide of these sites located in Maryland.
The guide includes Jesup Blair Park in Silver Spring, where an 1850 shootout involving Chaplain and a District-based posse soon will be commemorated, said Susan Soderberg, education and outreach planner for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The posse arrested Chaplain as he was transporting two escaping slaves, according to the Network to Freedom.
Chaplain was wanted for his involvement in an foiled attempt to help 77 slaves escape on a schooner called the Pearl, Yingling said.