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3 03, 2017

Tubman-related events roundup for 2017

We’re unofficially declaring 2017 the Year of Tubman. With the opening of the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in March, two movie projects in the works about Tubman’s life, a plan to have her likeness on the U.S. $20 bill, interest in her life has never been greater. Several events will be happening in the area of the Harriet Tubman Byway to celebrate her life. Here’s a listing of what’s planned. We are adding more events as we hear of them.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference

May 18-21
Cambridge, MD
The National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference co-host a joint conference, “On the Edge of Freedom: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in the Borderlands.” In Cambridge, MD. Find out more.

Harriet Tubman & the Songs of Freedom

May 20
Acclaimed jazz musician Marcus Shelby performs original music inspired by Harriet Tubman’s life on Saturday, May 20.  The Marcus Shelby Quartet featuring Tiffany Austin on vocals gives a soul-stirring show that shares the stories of Harriet Tubman’s life. At Layton’s Chance Winery, 4225 New Bridge Rd, Vienna, MD 21869.  The Marcus Shelby Quartet will also perform May 19 after a dinner banquet for those attending the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference.  Read more >

John Wesley Wright Concert

May 21, 2pm
Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High St., Cambridge, MD 21613
A member of the acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble, John Wesley Wright performs with students from Salisbury University. At the Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge, MD.

Reflections on Pine: Cambridge Commemorates the Civil Rights Movement, Community and Change

July 20-23
Cambridge, MD
In the 1800s, Harriet Tubman was part of the Underground Railroad resistance movement; in the 1960s, Cambridge community members were part of their own resistance movement for civil rights. Reflections on Pine marks 50 years since the civil rights unrest in Cambridge. Look for walking tours, art exhibits, book readings, and more. Find out more >

Slave Dwelling Project

Oct. 13-15
A nationwide endeavor that brings attention to little known buildings that once served as dwellings, churches, or other uses in the lives of African Americans, comes to Dorchester County. The event includes a living history troupe representing enslaved people of the 19th century. Find out more >


22 02, 2017

FAQs about the Tubman Visitor Center Grand Opening

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Church Creek, Maryland, will open to the public on Saturday, March 11, 2017. If you’re planning to come to the grand opening, here’s some helpful information.

When is the grand opening?

The grand opening weekend for the public is March 11 and March 12. We expect especially large crowds on Saturday, March 11, so if you’re planning to come that day, be prepared for traffic and lines. (And consider taking the free shuttle; see below.)

What time is the Tubman Visitor open, and is there an admission fee?

The new Tubman Visitor Center will be open daily from 9am to 5pm. Admission is free. Learn more about the Visitor Center in this Welcome Guide.

Where is the Tubman Visitor Center?

The new Tubman Visitor Center is located at 4068 Golden Hill Rd, Church Creek, MD 21622. It’s located in a rural area about 20 minutes from downtown Cambridge, Maryland. There are no gas stations and very few restaurants in the immediate area around the visitor center. Most restaurants and services are located in Cambridge.

What’s the best way for me to get to the Tubman Visitor Center on Saturday, March 11?

Because of the large crowds expected and because parking at the Tubman Visitor Center is limited, there will be free shuttles running on Saturday, March 11 AND Sunday, March 12 from downtown Cambridge to the Tubman Visitor Center, about a 20-minute drive. The shuttles will run from 10am to 4pm, with the last shuttle leaving Cambridge at 3pm.  The shuttles will leave from the parking lot across from the City Hall building, 410 Academy Street in Cambridge, MD. Parking is free. Shuttles will leave every 15 minutes. On Saturday only, there will be an additional shuttle between the Tubman Visitor Center and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, which is hosting its annual Eagle Festival on March 11.

What events are happening to celebrate the grand opening?

Various events are planned for grand opening weekend, both at the Tubman Visitor Center and in the area. See the full listing of grand opening events. If you can’t make it to the grand opening weekend, there will be more Tubman-related events throughout the year. See the roundup of 2017 events.

Is there more to see in the area about Harriet Tubman?

Yes! The new Tubman Visitor Center is a great launching point for exploring the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, a self-guided driving tour of 36 sites related to freedom seekers in Dorchester and Caroline Counties. If you’d like to learn more about exploring the Tubman Byway, browse this website. You can also order the Tubman Byway Map & Guide or pick it up once you’re in town at the Dorchester Visitor Center (2 Rose Hill Place in Cambridge) or at the Tubman Visitor Center.

What else can I do while I’m in the area?

For more information about other things to do in the area, look at our suggested Things to Do section or browse our sister site at VisitDorchester.org. You’re also welcome to stop by the Dorchester County Visitor Center, which has local visitor info, maps, and friendly folks to answer your questions. The Dorchester Visitor Center is located right off of Route 50 at 2 Rose Hill Place, Cambridge, MD 21613.

Where can I eat? 

Most of the restaurants are in Cambridge, Maryland, about a 20-minute drive from the Tubman Visitor Center. Check out restaurant descriptions on our sister site, Dorchester County Tourism.

15 02, 2017

Unveiling of Harriet Tubman Portrait

Harriet Tubman Portrait by George Wright An original oil painting of Harriet Tubman will be officially unveiled during an open house from 1 to 3pm on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center in Cambridge, MD. The event is happening in honor of the grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in March. The 24” x 36” painting was commissioned by Cambridge native Thomas Harding and created by Cambridge artist George Wright. Giclée prints of the painting will be available for purchase at the Harriet Tubman Museum and at Downtown Frame of Mine, which features many of Wright’s works. The Feb. 18 event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The Harriet Tubman Museum is located at 424 Race Street in Cambridge. For more information about the event, call 410-228-7977.

15 02, 2017

March 4 play celebrates life of Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman: DefenderCelebrate the life and heroism of a true American patriot in the original one-person play, “Harriet Tubman: Defender” on Saturday, March 4 at 7pm. The performance happens at the Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge, Maryland.  The play stars Eunice Lewis-Seagraves and is a production of the Heralds of Hope Theater. Tickets cost $10 each. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center. Purchase tickets in advance at EventBrite.com or by calling 410-228-3131. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door if available. This event is happening in honor of the grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in March.

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