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Revisit Harriet Tubman’s historic journey in Dorchester County

Today is Harriet Tubman Day and Maryland is celebrating in a big way. After years of planning and preparation, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center is officially open for business.

The center is hosting a special invitation-only event today to commemorate its completion. This weekend’s grand opening celebration, held on March 11-12, will welcome the public inside for the first time to learn about Tubman’s early life and her role in the fight for freedom.

Tubman was born in the 1820’s near Cambridge, Maryland, minutes away from the new visitor center. After escaping slavery in 1849, she returned to Maryland multiple times to help bring hundreds of slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad network. Tubman’s perseverance plays a pivotal role in Maryland’s history, making her an American hero and a force to be reckoned with.

Two centuries later, we honor Tubman’s journey by opening this one-of-a-kind destination, where we will revisit her accomplishments for years to come. I am proud of the work that Maryland Commerce has done, in collaboration with several state agencies and the National Park Service, to make this center a reality.

Take the time to visit Dorchester County this month, including the surrounding Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park. You won’t be disappointed.

-Mike

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  1. Rev. (Prophet) Ade Osijo
    March 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm — Reply

    I am thrilled to hear about this honor for Harriet Tubman. I look forward to visiting Dorchester soon.
    As a scholar on African American history and a member of the Association of African American History (AAAM), I intend going into collaboration with any organization in opening a museum dedicated to relics and photos from slavery sites in West Africa. I also intend featuring works on African music and books on great African musicians, from the Diaspora perspective.
    I am the founder of African Museum & Centre For African. American History, Lagos, Nigeria.
    My visit to the National. Museum for African American Arts & Culture (NMAAHC), on September 26th, 2016, gave rise to the above vision. It may interest you to k ow that my position paper,”Using Africa’s Rich Cultural Heritage & Role Models To Position African Americans In This Millennium”, was unanimously accepted by the 2003 programs committee of the AAAM conference.

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