Harriet Tubman Memorial Garden
Celebrating an Icon
—Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
The local community, joined by others across the nation, honors its native daughter, Harriet Ross Tubman. Her memory endures through artistic expression in works of literature, music, sculpture, paint, photography, performance, and more.
Today’s descendants of enslaved and free blacks, as well as slave owners, continue to live and work in the area. There are relatives of some who escaped to freedom and descendants of Tubman’s family. One Tubman relative, Charles E. T. Ross, designed and painted the park’s mural in honor of his ancestor. (Inscription beside the photo) Right: In early 2012, members of Harriet Tubman’s family gathered to unveil a wax figure of their ancestor at Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC. The remarkable likeness later traveled to Cambridge and was briefly on display at the Harriet Tubman Organization. Here Valery Ross Manokey, Tubman’s great-great-grand-niece and closest living relative, poses for a picture with the figure.
“Her tales of adventure are beyond anything in fiction and her ingenuity and generalship are extraordinary. I have known her for some time—the slaves call her Moses.”
Letter from Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 1859
Marker series. This marker is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway marker series.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Post War Years (a few steps from this marker); Civil War: Abolitionist, Scout, Spy and Nurse (within shouting distance of this marker); Station Stops: The Underground Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Joe Bailey Shakes the Lion's Paw (within shouting distance of this marker); Born To Be Free (within shouting distance of this marker); Meredith House (approx. half a mile away); Thomas Holliday Hicks (approx. ¾ mile away); Cambridge (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
Also see . . . Harriet Tubman Memorial Garden. (Submitted on November 11, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
1. Adjacent Markers
There are six other markers surrounding this small park detailing the life of Harriet Tubman. Unfortunately they have deteriorated and are mostly unreadable.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 440 times since then. Last updated on November 11, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 25, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 4. submitted on June 11, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 5. submitted on November 25, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 6, 7. submitted on June 11, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.