An executive order in March 2013 established Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument and marked the landscape of Dorchester County, Maryland for its historical significance to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.
Largely contained witin the boundary of the national monument, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park—established a year later—identified land in Dorchester, Talbot, and Caroline Counties to comprise the new park. While the land has been marked for its significance, the National Park Service prefers to find alternatives to fee simple ownership to preserve traditional land uses and landscapes and to enable partners to reach out to the community.
The Conservation Fund donated the only land currently owned by the National Park Service: 480 acres at the Jacob Jackson site, the home of a free African American who delivered a message for Tubman that she was returning to guide her brothers to freedom.
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