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Throughout operating years of the canal free black canallers worked the boats. In the 1850’s the company formally approved a measure that prohibited black men from owning or running their own boats. However by 1878 four black boat captains were entered in the boat registry of the C&O Canal. Henry and Louisa Williams along with Andy Jenkins are pictured here with their mules travelling down to Georgetown.


Public domain

Misc 36-7

Collection Location:
C&O National Historic Park

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (Md.); Washington County (Md.), History

Maryland, 1824-1938

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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