Jacob and Hannah Leverton, Stationmasters on the Underground Railroad

carved painted Leverton sculpture

carved painted Leverton sculpture

Marshall Rumbaugh


carved and painted lindenwood

Ht. 29", W. 34", D. 5 1/2"

signed and dated "Marshall D. Rumbaugh 2022"


The Levertons were Quaker abolitionists whose farmhouse in Caroline County, Maryland served as a “station” on the Underground Railroad. In the mid-1840s, a slave girl came to their farm. The Levertons took her in, fed her, gave her a change of clothing and later that night Jacob hitched up the buggy and drove her north to another, distant
“station”. The following morning, the slaveowner knocked on their door and asked about the escaped girl. Jacob said they had helped send her North. The furious slaveowner took the Levertons to court, where they received a heavy fine. Jacob had to sell a large portion of his farmland to pay this fine and died due to the ensuing stress.

Hannah remained on the farm for several years after Jacob’s passing and continued to help those fleeing bondage, becoming the only woman stationmaster on the Underground Railroad. She is believed to be the woman Harriet Tubman described as helping her in her escape to freedom in 1849.