Here on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is where Harriet Tubman’s story began. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway shares the remarkable stories of Tubman and other freedom seekers who risked their lives to escape slavery in the 1800s. With more than 30 sites in Dorchester and Caroline Counties — including the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center (set to open in March 2017) — the self-guided driving tour shows you the places where Tubman grew up, worshiped, labored, and led others to freedom.

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Tubman Visitor Center to open in March 2017

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor CenterThe Maryland Park Service and the National Park Service are building the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center close to the lands where Harriet Tubman lived and labored. The 17-acre complex is located on Route 335 near Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland. Read more.

Tribute held for Tubman researcher John Creighton

John Creighton and Pat LewisA tribute and tree planting for John J. Creighton, researcher, poet, and local historian, was held on Sept. 17 at the Harriet Tubman Memorial Garden in Cambridge. Creighton devoted his life to researching Harriet Tubman and the geographic areas that were associated with her life before the Civil War. His knowledge of the areas and research were the foundation for many of the national, state, and local initiatives related to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.  He also helped many authors and scholars write books about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The Washington Post Magazine recently featured a story about Creighton.


‘The View North’ gives inside look at Tubman Visitor Center

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Chris Elcock, the lead architect behind the design of the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, gave a presentation about the building’s hidden symbolism in July. Writer Jim Duffy writes about the presentation. Read the story. The Visitor Center is scheduled to have its grand opening on March 10, 2017 in Church Creek, Maryland.

Harriet Tubman to be featured on new $20 bill

Harriet Tubman’s legacy continues to grow with the news that the U.S. Treasury will redesign the $20 bill to feature Tubman’s face on the front. She becomes the first woman in more than 100 years and the first African-American woman to be featured on U.S. currency. We think this shows the power of her story of courage and selflessness, and how it speaks to people of all ages and circumstances all over the country and the world.

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