Tubman UGRR Conference registration now open

Registration is now open for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference, happening in Cambridge, Maryland, on June 5 and 6, 2015. The annual event features two days of workshops about Harriet Tubman and other freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad -- as well as opportunities for local tours through the landscapes where Harriet Tubman once lived. The idea is to bring together professionals and individual researchers who have undertaken study regarding Harriet Tubman and the many other people who risked their lives to provide slaves an opportunity to escape this region, and place them into a larger context of national importance. Find out more information and register at

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference


Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill?

Could Harriet Tubman end up on the $20 bill? It's possible! A grassroots movement, Women on 20s, is pushing to replace Andrew Jackson with a historic U.S. woman. And the woman they selected -- with help from more than 600,000 people who voted -- is Harriet Tubman! (They started with 20 history-making women in the running, and then narrowed the field to four finalists including Harriet, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Wilma Mankiller.) While the movement has gained attention from around the world, it's up to the Treasury Department to make decisions on who's represented on U.S. currency. We think this courageous and selfless leader, spy, scout, nurse, and all-around humanitarian deserves the honor. Read more in this Baltimore Sun story.

Harriet Tubman on $20 bill?


Tubman Banquet is March 14

The Harriet Tubman Banquet celebrates the life of a freedom fighter, scout, spy, nurse and abolitionist born in Dorchester County, Maryland. The banquet begins at 2:45pm on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High Street in Cambridge, Maryland. The theme is “Harriet Ross Tubman is Coming Home – We Thank You.” Honorees include Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Barbara Mikulski; Representative Andy Harris, and Former Governor Martin O’Malley. The event is sponsored by the Harriet Tubman Organization, Inc. Tickets cost $35 per person or $60 per couple. Contact person for ticket info and reservations is Donald Pinder at 410-228-0401 or 410-330-1185.


Lots to celebrate

There's a lot to celebrate as we get ready to mark 102 years since the passing of Harriet Ross Tubman. Her inspiration and influence continue to grow. In late 2014, U.S. Congress designated lands on Maryland's Eastern Shore to be the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park -- the first national park in the country to honor an African American woman. Actually, there are two parks; the second is in Auburn, New York, where Harriet spent her later life. Also in 2014, a new bronze bust of Harriet Tubman was created. It now resides in the Maryland Governor's residence -- and it's the first bust of an African American to be displayed there. Join in the celebration in March through the annual Harriet Tubman Banquet on March 14 in Cambridge, Maryland. Keep up with all the news on the Tubman Byway Facebook page.


Harriet Tubman in a Modern Context

Is it just us or is Harriet Tubman suddenly everywhere? We are witnessing a popular culture explosion in movies, television and social media referencing Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in exciting and unexpected ways. How is Tubman remembered? How do we talk about her today? How do we make sense of Tubman's relationship to the world and environment in which she lived?

The National Park Service, Dorchester County Historical Society, and the Harriet Tubman Organization invite you join us in the first of the Global, Green, and Aware series of community conversations revealing modern Harriet Tubman and her life and legacy on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester, 1003 Greenway Drive in Cambridge, MD. John Rudy, Interpretation Specialist from the Stephen A. Mather Training Center in Harpers Ferry, WV, will serve as our moderator.

We provide the drinks and light bites, you bring the conversation.

Learn more about the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument.


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