A new site on the African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard will be dedicated on July 27 at 3 p.m. The site at Memorial Wharf in Edgartown honors the story of Esther, an enslaved woman who escaped from her captors in 1743 in the Edgartown Harbor.

Esther was being transported from Boston to North Carolina aboard the sloop Endeavor to be returned to enslavement. According to testimony given by the ship’s crew, while the vessel sat in the harbor overnight, Esther despite having her feet bound to a crowbar, her hands tied behind her back and being put down in the hold, was able to jump overboard and make it to shore and freedom.

The celebration on July 27 will honor the story of Esther and the diverse groups of people who helped her. After the ceremony there will a reception at Rosewater Market.