March 8, 2014 is Harriet Tubman Day in Downtown Cambridge, Maryland -- just a few miles from where the Underground Railroad hero spent her first 27 or so years. Local folks and visitors alike will be celebrating the life and legacy of Harriet Ross Tubman with a banquet and the opening of a special quilt exhibition.
The annual Harriet Tubman Banquet features local historians and researchers John Creighton and Pat Lewis, who have spent years studying the history of the Underground Railroad in the Maryland and Delaware region. Harriet herself is also expected to make an appearance. The banquet, organized by the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center, begins at 2:45pm at the Performance Hall at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High Street in downtown Cambridge, Maryland.
Tickets cost $40 per adult and $20 for children 12 and under. Send a check, payable to the Harriet Tubman Organization, to 424 Race Street, Cambridge, MD 21613. Or call (12-3pm, Tuesday-Saturday) to reserve a spot at 410.228.0401. Or call museum president Donald Pinder at 410.330.1185.
After the banquet, stay for the opening reception for an exhibition of quilts created by fiber artists inspired by Harriet Tubman. The reception is free and open to the public and takes place at the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center, 424 Race Street in downtown Cambridge, Maryland. The evening also is Second Saturday in downtown Cambridge, so shops and galleries will be staying open late with specials and free receptions.
The quilt exhibition will be on display through the end of March 2014.
Google is featuring Harriet Tubman as their "Google Doodle" for today, February 1, the start of Black History Month! So millions of people worldwide are seeing her name and image. We hope that this inspires more people to learn of Harriet's bravery and compassion as she led dozens of friends and family from slavery to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Such incredible stories. Such an American hero!
Of course, to explore stories of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad up close, we encourage you to explore the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, a self-guided scenic driving tour through Dorchester and Caroline Counties on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It was here that Harriet was born, toiled for more than 20 years, and where she led her incredible escapes to freedom. The driving tour has been named one of the best in the country!
Seventeen historical markers are being installed along the Tubman Byway.
Have you ever passed a place and wondered about those who walked there generations ago? Now you can find out. A series of 17 custom-designed, historical markers are being installed at sites along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway through Dorchester and Caroline Counties.
In Dorchester County, seven new markers (with five installed so far) are located at sites including Long Wharf in Cambridge, where captive Africans were unloaded during the early years of the slave trade; Stanley Institute in Cambridge, where four enslaved families made a daring escape for freedom in 1857 (pictured here); and Malone’s Church in Madison, close to where Harriet Tubman lived and worked with her father in the timber industry.
In Caroline County, 10 new markers can be found at sites along the Tubman Byway such as Choptank Landing in Preston, near where Harriet Tubman’s parents lived and worked; the home of Jacob and Hannah Leverton, Quakers who operated a safe house; and Linchester Mill, where free and enslaved blacks would have had the opportunity to meet and share secrets of the Underground Railroad.
Here's a complete list of the historical markers along the Tubman Byway in Dorchester and Caroline Counties on Maryland's Eastern Shore:
Long Wharf, Cambridge
Harriet Tubman Museum, Cambridge
Stanley Institute, Cambridge
Malone's Church, Madison
Town of Madison
New Revived Church, Taylors Island
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Church Creek
Jacob and Hannah Leverton House, Preston
Linchester Mill, Preston
Choptank Landing, Preston
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Preston
Webb Cabin, Preston
William Still Center, Denton
Caroline County Courthouse, Denton
Tuckahoe Meeting House, Denton
Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely
Town of Greensboro
Find out more about all these sites.
One hundred years after her death in 1913, the new markers are part of a broader commemoration of Tubman, including the designation of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Dorchester County and the groundbreaking for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center, also in Dorchester.
The signs were a project of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, and were funded through grants from the National Scenic Byway Program and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.
Celebrate Underground Railroad heritage at two events Oct. 5, 2013 on Maryland's Eastern Shore, in the area where Harriet Tubman spent the first 27 or so years of her life. The Nanticoke River Jamboree has a theme this year of "Waterway to Freedom" in honor of the centennial of Harriet Tubman's passing. The event features living history performers, re-enactors, demonstrations, family-friendly fun, and more. The second event is the East New Market Heritage Day, which celebrates African-American heritage and the story of the Rev. Samuel Green, an Underground Railroad agent who was born in the town of East New Market, Maryland. Find out more.
A new Audio Guide helps visitors experience stories of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in a dramatic and memorable way.
The Audio Guide, as well as an updated Tubman Byway map and guide, helps visitors and residents alike understand the fear, bravery, compassion, and cruelty that existed in the 1800s at sites along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, a 125-mile, self-guided driving tour through Dorchester and Caroline Counties on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Tubman was born in Dorchester County in the 1820s, and lived her first 27 or so years in the county as a slave, until she escaped to freedom in 1849. She returned to the Eastern Shore more than a dozen times, risking her life to lead family and friends to freedom.
The Audio Guide, developed by Audissey Guides in Boston, MA, brings to life stories of slavery and escape, cruelty and compassion. Soundtracks include dramatizations, storytelling, and commentary by experts, historians, and local community members. The Audio Guide complements the newly updated Finding a Way to Freedom Tubman Byway Map and Guide, which describes the more than 30 sites along the Tubman Byway. The Tubman Byway has been named one of the best driving tours in the nation by the Federal Highway Administration for its scenic beauty and significant history.
The guides have been produced during the Tubman Centennial year, marking 100 years since Harriet Tubman’s death in March 1913.
“This Audio Guide just takes my breath away. Hearing such moving stories of bravery dramatized with voices and sounds brings them so much closer to our reality and understanding,” said Amanda Fenstermaker, director of Dorchester County Tourism, which assists in developing the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. “And to listen to these stories while you’re standing on the very ground where Harriet Tubman and other freedom seekers walked—I think it will give people goosebumps.”
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