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
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.
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.
Preservation Maryland received a $20,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation through the Bartus Trew Providence Grant program to bring a team of specialists from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, a program of the National Park Service, to the Eastern Shore of Maryland to conduct architectural scans of historic African American sites.
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.
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.
Discover Maryland’s African-American History
Maryland Office of Tourism Development
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway Driving Tour
Dorchester and Caroline Counties
Harriet Tubman’s Path to Freedom
The New York Times
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park
National Park Service
Local ties to the Underground Railroad
The Eastern Shore of Maryland is the birthplace of many black revolutionaries. Why?
The Washington Post
The Oldest Black Community in the Whole Country May be Right Here on the Eastern Shore
Secrets of the Eastern Shore
Black History Month: Exploring Delmarva’s African-American History Museums
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