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This has been a long time coming, but it's very welcome news. Ground will be broken on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park on Saturday, March 9. The 17-acre state park in Dorchester County, Maryland -- where Harriet was born -- will feature a 15,000-square-foot visitor center (rendering shown here), interpretive trails, spiritual reflection garden and memorial, and more. The land, adjacent to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, is largely untouched by development and looks much the way Tubman would have seen it in the mid-1800s.That means it will offer a wonderful place for people to learn about Harriet Tubman's remarkable life.
The March 9 ceremonies will also include a ribbon cutting for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, a 125-mile self-guided driving tour through Dorchester and Caroline Counties on Maryland's Eastern Shore that includes more than 30 sites significant in Harriet Tubman's life and the Underground Railroad.
What a wonderful way to honor this American hero. Read more about the state park in this Washington Informer story.