|Did you know Cumberland Island National Seashore is newly listed as a National Underground Railroad Network To Freedom site?
A little history: During the War of 1812, Dungeness was a working plantation that fell to the British just before the end of the war. Of the more than 1500 troops that marched ashore on Cumberland, many were African Americans that had joined the British in an effort to secure their freedom.
Hearing that the British had occupied it, dozens of African American men, women and children fled from northern Florida to Cumberland Island. There, they boarded ships as refugees. Under cover of fog, many were able to escape to British colonies with their freedom.
[From Cumberland Island National Seashore; Photo of Primus and Amanda Mitchell]
(Courtesy of Cumberland Island & St Marys, GA Facebook page – GS Dickey)