For decades before the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park was authorized, private individuals and organizations worked together to share the story of Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center ties together local, state, and national efforts.
We are proud to work with these partners here on Maryland's Eastern Shore to share Tubman's life and legacy.
Maryland Park ServiceOur partners at the Maryland Park Service (MPS) operate the 17-acre Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park, where the new visitor center is located. Maryland Park Service Rangers lead tours and programs, maintain the park's facilities, and staff the visitor center. We co-manage the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center with the MPS.
Check out the state park's website here.
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Scenic BywayThe Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway is the gateway to explore sites on Maryland's Eastern Shore and Delaware related to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The 125-mile scenic byway features a downloadable audio tour, map, and guide. The byway offers more than three dozen sites and scenic vistas associated with the Underground Railroad story.
Check out the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway's site here.
National Underground Railroad Network to FreedomThe National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom is a National Park Service program to coordinate preservation and education efforts nationwide and integrate local historical places, museums, and interpretive programs associated with the Underground Railroad into a mosaic of community, regional, and national stories. The Network to Freedom tells the stories of freedom seekers, those who assisted them, and the sites that made escape to freedom possible. The Network to Freedom accepts new members twice a year.
Find more resources about the Underground Railroad on the Network to Freedom's site.
Harriet Tubman Organization
The Harriet Tubman Organization operates the Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center in downtown Cambridge. The organization collaborates with the park on programming, projects, and events that further the understanding of Tubman, the Underground Railroad, and African Americans on the Eastern Shore.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge surrounds the park and preserves the landscapes familiar to Harriet Tubman as she grew up, escaped slavery, and returned to free others. Gain a better understanding of the wetlands and wildlife that surrounded Tubman as she grew up here on the Eastern Shore by visiting Blackwater NWR.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has administrative jurisdiction over 11,750 acres of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge that is within the national monument. (Shown on the legislative map numbered T20/80,001A, March 2014). The gold line on the map denotes the area in which additional lands may be acquired for the refuge. These areas were determined years prior to the establishment of the national monument and the national historical park.
The law specifically states that nothing in the establishment of the national historical park affects the land within the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. We anticipate that the national wildlife refuge will continue to allow all activities it has traditionally allowed on FWS-managed property. The NPS will work with the FWS to identify historical resources on national wildlife refuge property. A 2015 interagency agreement between the FWS and the NPS allows the NPS to provide for archeological research and public interpretation of the historic resources and cultural landscape associated with the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman.
Last updated: October 24, 2020