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Harriet Tubman & the Songs of Freedom

Acclaimed jazz musician and composer Marcus Shelby comes from California to perform original music inspired by Harriet Tubman’s life during a public performance on May 20.  Read more >

New Tubman Visitor Center now open!

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center is now open in Dorchester County, Maryland! The exhibits inside the center -- located just a few miles from where Harriet Tubman was born -- share this American hero's story in powerful and moving ways. This 10,000-square-foot building and its 17-acre park make an excellent launching point for exploring the Tubman Byway, a self-guided driving tour of Underground Railroad-related sites on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Read more >

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. Read more >

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Media Coverage

Recent media coverage about the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway:

  • National Public Radio, “Harriet Tubman State Park opens on Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” March 13, 2017. Listen to the story on All Things Considered.
  • Essence, “New Underground Railroad Center immerses visitors in Harriet Tubman legacy like never before,” March 13, 2017. Read the story.
  • CBS News, “Emotional ceremony opens new Harriet Tubman site,” March 12, 2017. See the story.
  • USA Today, “10 things you have to see in Harriet Tubman’s birthplace,” March 9, 2017. Read the story.
  • Washington Post, “Harriet Tubman fled a life of slavery in Maryland. Now a new visitor center opens on the land she escaped,” March 4, 2017. Read the story.
  • Baltimore Sun, “New Harriet Tubman Park presents the Dorchester County she grew up in, fled from,” March 3, 2017. Read the story.
  • U.S. News & World Report, “11 attractions debuting in 2017 worth traveling for,” March 2, 2017. Read the story.
  • New York Times, “Harriet Tubman’s Path to Freedom,” Feb. 24, 2017. Read the full story or see the interactive version.
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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference

May 18-21 conference gathers scholars, historians, enthusiasts 
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.

Marcus Shelby courtesy KQED
Harriet Tubman & the Songs of Freedom

May 19 and 20
Acclaimed jazz musician Marcus Shelby performs original music inspired by Harriet Tubman’s life with two performances May 19 and 20. The May 19 performance is limited to those attending the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference. Shelby will perform during the dinner on Friday night. On Saturday, May 20, the public is welcome to watch Shelby perform at 7pm at Layton’s Chance Winery, 4225 New Bridge Rd, Vienna, MD 21869.  Find out more.