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Tubman Visitor Center opens March 11

The new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center opens to the public on Saturday, March 11, with grand opening events planned for March 11 and 12 and throughout the year. Harriet Tubman, who grew up in slavery in Dorchester County, lived, worked, and worshipped in places near the visitor center. Read more >

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 two performances May 19-21.  Read more >

Tubman Visitor Center to open in March 2017

The 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.

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Media Coverage

Recent media coverage about the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway:

  • 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.
  • WYPR, “Harriet Tubman’s Legacy” featuring Chris Elcock and Tony Menare, March 3, 2017. Listen to the story.
  • U.S. News & World Report, “11 attractions debuting in 2017 worth traveling for,” March 2, 2017. Read the story.
  • CBS Baltimore, “160 years later, Harriet Tubman continues to be honored,” Feb. 28, 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.
  • WMDT, “The Life and Legacy of Harriet Tubman: Part 2,” Feb. 24, 2017. See the story.
  • WMDT, “The Life and Legacy of Harriet Tubman: Part 1,” Feb. 24, 2017. See the story.
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Featured News

Harriet Tubman: DefenderHarriet Tubman: Defender

March 4 play celebrates the life of Harriet Tubman

Celebrate the life and heroism of a true American patriot in the original one-person play, “Harriet Tubman: Defender” at 7pm on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Through narrative, song, and visual projections, experience both the pain and elation of being free from the binds of slavery. 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 or by calling 410-228-3131. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door if available. At the Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High St., Cambridge, MD 21613.

Harriet Tubman Banquet

March 11

This annual dinner celebrates the life of Harriet Tubman at 2:45pm on Saturday, March 11. Sponsored by the Harriet Tubman Organization. This year’s theme is “Harriet Ross Tubman is Home, We Thank You – Part III.” Cost is $40 per person. At Minnette Dick Hall (St. Mary’s Church), 2002 Hambrooks Blvd, Cambridge, MD 21613. For information or tickets, call 410-228-0401 or email