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Near Church Creek in Dorchester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 11, 2017
1. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Marker
Inscription.  Discover the extraordinary life and legacy of Harriet Tubman in the landscape of her childhood and early adult life.

Harriet Ross Tubman, an American legendary human rights advocate and suffragist, was born in enslaved in Dorchester County, Maryland not far from this site around 1822. Bird calls, fresh plowed fields, and the hum of mosquitos recall the landscape that shaped Harriet Tubman's life as an enslaved child, young woman, and freedom seeker.

Tubman escaped to freedom in 1849. Utilizing her courage, skills, contacts on the Underground Railroad, and intimate knowledge of the local landscapes, she returned to lead 13 or more daring rescue missions to free at least 70 family members and other enslaved people.

To honor Tubman's legacy, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources worked closely with The Conservation Fund and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to establish the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park on these 17 acres in 2007. In March 2013, President Barack Obama established the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument by an executive order under the Antiquities Act of
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 11, 2017
2. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Marker
1906. The 480-acre Jacob Jackson Homesite was donated to the National Park Service by The Conservation Fund for inclusion in the new national monument. In December 2014, Congress created the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park. The Jacob Jackson site is now part of this park.

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center is jointly managed by the Maryland Park Service and the National Park Service and is also headquarters for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansWomen. In addition, it is included in the Harriet Tubman, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway series lists.
 
Location. 38° 26.965′ N, 76° 8.312′ W. Marker is near Church Creek, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker can be reached from Golden Hill Road south of Key Wallace Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4068 Golden Hill Road, Church Creek MD 21622, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (a few steps from this marker); The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 11, 2017
3. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (approx. 1.1 miles away); Why Use Native Plants? (approx. 1.1 miles away); Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge-Taking Refuge from Slavery (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Welcome to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (approx. 1.1 miles away); Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel (approx. 1.8 miles away); Pool One at Wildlife Drive (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Church Creek.
 
Also see . . .
1. Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, Maryland. (Submitted on November 11, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
2. Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park. (Submitted on November 11, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
 
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 11, 2017
4. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Marker
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 11, 2017
5. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Marker
Map adjacent to the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 44 times this year. Last updated on February 26, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 11, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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