Friday, March 08, 2013 Heather Wallace Shields
The legacy of one renowned woman continues to inspire others, especially those within Maryland.
Harriet Ross Tubman, known as the “Moses of Her People,” was an African-American born in Dorchester County, Maryland around the year 1820.
Not only did Tubman get herself out of slavery in 1849, but she also played a pivotal role in helping other slaves escape slavery as well. During the American Civil War, she returned to the South at least 19 times to help slaves escape. She also assisted more than 70 runaway slaves to the Free States and Canada from Maryland as well as nearby states through the Underground Railroad.
The Underground Railroad consisted of a system of secret roads, waterways, trails, and hiding places used for fleeing slaves. Maryland, one of the Border States between the South and North, was critical for freedom-seeking slaves during the war due to its central location.
On March 10th, 1913, Tubman passed away leaving behind a great legacy as a human rights activist, suffragist, abolitionist, Civil War spy and nurse and “conductor” of the Underground Railroad.
Throughout the year, starting on Friday, March 8th, there will be events along Maryland’s Eastern Shore to celebrate the life of Tubman.
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A Tubman Art Exhibit displaying artist Mark Priest’s expressive series of drawings and paintings will open on Friday, March 8th at the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Maryland. Attendees will have a chance to meet with Priest at a special opening reception for the exhibit beginning at 7 p.m. that night. The Tubman exhibit will continue through August 2013.
Throughout the day on March 9th, there will also be extra events taking place. In Preston, Maryland at 1:30 PM, the first 15 blocks of the new Underground Railroad Quilt Trail will be unveiled.
At the 13th Annual Eagle Festival at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge, Maryland there will be a one-mile walk with Tony Cohen, an Underground Railroad historian, at 2:30 PM. Cohen will lead the walk and discuss how Tubman was able to guide so many to freedom. This event is free and open to the public. The Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center will be holding a banquet at the Governor’s Hall in Cambridge, Maryland at 4 PM. Clara Small, another Underground Railroad historian, will be speaking at this event. Anyone interested can purchase tickets here.
In Cambridge, Maryland, plans are developing for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park. The 17- acre state park will include a 15,000-square-foot visitor center and feature interactive exhibits, educational tours and programs, a spiritual reflection garden, memorial and more. The State Park is set to open in 2014-2015, with a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, March 9th, at 10 AM.