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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 >

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.

Tribute held for Tubman researcher John Creighton

A 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 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.