Public meeting on Tubman National Monument

Learn the latest on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument at a meeting with Senator Ben Cardin on Friday, May 16. The meeting will include news on the implementation of the National Monument (located right here in Dorchester County, MD) and a legislative update on the Tubman Parks Bill. Open to all.

Josh Klein, the Senator's Administrative Assistant will moderate the meeting. The National Parks Service and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will make presentations to explain the National Monument implementation process and what it means for local residents.

What: Public Meeting about the Implementation of the National Monument and legislative update on the Tubman Parks Bill.

Who: Josh Klein, Senator Cardin's Legislative Assistant; Officials from USFWS and NPS Headquarters

Where: Chesapeake College, 416-418 Race Street, Cambridge, MD 21613 (map)

When: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Friday May 16 2014.

 

Moving forward on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

We are moving forward on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center. On April 30, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $13.9 million construction contract for the visitor center, to be located in Dorchester County, Maryland, where Harriet Tubman was born. The visitor center will help people connect to the life and legacy of Harriet, who risked her life repeatedly to lead her family and friends out of slavery to freedom. The center will include exhibits, a memorial garden, picnic pavilion, and walking paths.

The Maryland Department of General Services,  the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources, Transportation, and Business and Economic Development; and hte National Park Service are collaborating on design and construction of the visitor center, which will be located near Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, about 12 miles from Cambridge.

The construction contract was awarded to W. M. Schlosser Construction Co. of Hyattsville, MD. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2016.

Read more in the Dorchester Star.



 

March 8 is Harriet Tubman Day in Downtown Cambridge.

March 8, 2014 is Harriet Tubman Day in Downtown Cambridge, Maryland -- just a few miles from where the Underground Railroad hero spent her first 27 or so years. Local folks and visitors alike will be celebrating the life and legacy of Harriet Ross Tubman with a banquet and the opening of a special quilt exhibition.

The annual Harriet Tubman Banquet features local historians and researchers John Creighton and Pat Lewis, who have spent years studying the history of the Underground Railroad in the Maryland and Delaware region. Harriet herself is also expected to make an appearance.  The banquet, organized by the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center, begins at 2:45pm at the Performance Hall at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High Street in downtown Cambridge, Maryland.

Tickets cost $40 per adult and $20 for children 12 and under. Send a check, payable to the Harriet Tubman Organization, to 424 Race Street, Cambridge, MD 21613. Or call (12-3pm, Tuesday-Saturday) to reserve a spot at 410.228.0401. Or call museum president Donald Pinder at 410.330.1185.

After the banquet, stay for the opening reception for an exhibition of quilts created by fiber artists inspired by Harriet Tubman. The reception is free and open to the public and takes place at the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center, 424 Race Street in downtown Cambridge, Maryland. The evening also is Second Saturday in downtown Cambridge, so shops and galleries will be staying open late with specials and free receptions.

The quilt exhibition will be on display through the end of March 2014.

Harriet Tubman Quilt Exhibition

   

Google Doodle features Harriet Tubman!

Google is featuring Harriet Tubman as their "Google Doodle" for today, February 1, the start of Black History Month! So millions of people worldwide are seeing her name and image. We hope that this inspires more people to learn of Harriet's bravery and compassion as she led dozens of friends and family from slavery to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Such incredible stories. Such an American hero!

Of course, to explore stories of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad up close, we encourage you to explore the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, a self-guided scenic driving tour through Dorchester and Caroline Counties on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It was here that Harriet was born, toiled for more than 20 years, and where she led her incredible escapes to freedom. The driving tour has been named one of the best in the country!

Find out more by ordering the free map and guide by sending a quick note to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or download the free audio guide app! Harriet Tubman Google Doodle

 

17 historical markers being installed along Byway

Seventeen historical markers are being installed along the Tubman Byway.

Have you ever passed a place and wondered about those who walked there generations ago? Now you can find out. A series of 17 custom-designed, historical markers are being installed at sites along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway through Dorchester and Caroline Counties.

Tubman Byway Historical Marker at Stanley InstituteIn Dorchester County, seven new markers (with five installed so far) are located at sites including Long Wharf in Cambridge, where captive Africans were unloaded during the early years of the slave trade; Stanley Institute in Cambridge, where four enslaved families made a daring escape for freedom in 1857 (pictured here); and Malone’s Church in Madison, close to where Harriet Tubman lived and worked with her father in the timber industry.

In Caroline County, 10 new markers can be found at sites along the Tubman Byway such as Choptank Landing in Preston, near where Harriet Tubman’s parents lived and worked; the home of Jacob and Hannah Leverton, Quakers who operated a safe house; and Linchester Mill, where free and enslaved blacks would have had the opportunity to meet and share secrets of the Underground Railroad.

Here's a complete list of the historical markers along the Tubman Byway in Dorchester and Caroline Counties on Maryland's Eastern Shore:


Long Wharf, Cambridge
Harriet Tubman Museum, Cambridge
Stanley Institute, Cambridge
Malone's Church, Madison
Town of Madison
New Revived Church, Taylors Island
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Church Creek
Jacob and Hannah Leverton House, Preston
Linchester Mill, Preston
Choptank Landing, Preston
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Preston
Webb Cabin, Preston
William Still Center, Denton
Caroline County Courthouse, Denton
Tuckahoe Meeting House, Denton
Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely
Town of Greensboro

Find out more about all these sites.

In addition to the new markers the new Tubman Byway Audio Guide incorporates dramatizations and commentary to make the stories come alive and transport listeners back in time. The companion map and interpretive booklet allow drivers to enjoy the self-guided tour at their own pace. Order the "Finding a Way to Freedom" guide and map by dropping a note to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 1.800.522.8687.

One hundred years after her death in 1913, the new markers are part of a broader commemoration of Tubman, including the designation of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Dorchester County and the groundbreaking for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center, also in Dorchester.

The signs were a project of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, and were funded through grants from the National Scenic Byway Program and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

   

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