In Dorchester County, Maryland, near the plantation where Harriet Tubman was born in 1822, now sits a 17-acre park to memorialize the iconic freedom fighter.
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park is located in Church Creek on Maryland’s Eastern shore, about 90 miles from Baltimore or Washington, D.C. A grand opening and festivities took place on Saturday and Sunday. The visitor center sits along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway and offers a view of the surrounding Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
“Harriet Tubman is a true Maryland treasure and who remains relevant to this very day,” said Maryland Park Service Manager Dana Paterra. “Her path to freedom was wrought with peril but she persevered and overcame many struggles to become an American icon.”
Expert craftsmen from around the world worked on the $21 million project, which incorporated reclaimed barn wood, exposed timbers and stone. Views of the surrounding landscapes look much like they did in Tubman’s time, according to VisitDorchester.org. The complex also features 3/4 of a mile in walking paths and a 2,600-square foot outdoor pavilion.
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