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March 4 play celebrates life of Harriet Tubman

Celebrate 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. Read more >

The View North at the Tubman Visitor Center

Chris Elcock first visited the future site of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitors Center in July of 2008. He’d come across the bridge from Baltimore that day in order to help decide whether his firm, GWWO Architects, would throw its hat in the ring when it came time to design the facility. Read More >

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 >

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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.