Mapping the Underground Railroad across Maryland

The sites of the Underground Railroad were designed to be hidden and secret, presenting a challenge in making sure the important stories of these places are told and preserved. The Maryland Office of Tourism Development is working with the Maryland State Archives, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, along with other academic and local partners to make sure these places are documented and accepted to the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom program.


Partners: Maryland Office of Tourism Development

The Problem

Sites along the Underground Railroad were often selected because they were out-of-view. This necessity now presents a challenge in making sure the important stories of these places are told and preserved.

The Fix

Preservation Maryland will work with the Maryland Office of Tourism Development, the Maryland State Archives, and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, along with other academic and local partners to submit these sites to the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom.

Updates

SEPTEMBER 2020

Given the illegal nature of its operations, sites of the Underground Railroad across the United State were often hidden and secret. That necessity now presents a challenge to preservationists dedicated to identifying, preserving, and interpreting these important histories where they happened. Preservation Maryland is convening a free webinar about researching Underground Railroad history on September 10, 2020. Speakers for this session include Dr. Kate Clifford Larson, author and historian, Heather Ersts, Outreach & Partnership Coordinator for the Maryland Department of Tourism Development, and Dennis A. Doster, Ph.D., Director of the M-NCPPC Black History Program.

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AUGUST 2020

Few names have become as synonymous with grit, determination, and liberty as Harriet Tubman. A Moses for her people, Tubman has become an almost mythical character who represents the best of the American spirit in the face of incredible suffering and inhumanity. Yet, for many years, she lacked a rigorous and scholarly biography. Today’s guest, Dr. Kate Clifford Larson, addressed that historical inequity and helped bring Harriet’s real story to a new generation. On this week’s PreserveCast, we’re heading back to the brackish marshes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore to talk Tubman, slavery, and freedom.

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AUGUST 2020

Using funds from the Waxter Memorial Internship Program, Preservation Maryland has brought on Matthew LaRoche to research sites of possible UGRR significance across the state. Matthew is a MLIS candidate at the University of Maryland and has been working remotely on the project for several months. He is coordinating and researching from property lists created by the Network to Freedom, Maryland Department of Tourism, and the State Highway Administration.

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