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Annual Conference

Parson's Creek

Stewarts Canal, Parson's Creek, near Madison, MD.  Seven Mile Canal hand dug and built by free and enslaved labor between 1810 and 1830.  Originally used to transport timber and agricultural goods out of nearby forests and fields of area landowners to the Chesapeake Bay.  The Jacob Jackson Site, now part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Site is nearby.



May 18-21, 2017

Cambridge, Maryland


The National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (NTF) Program and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference will co-host a conference in 2017, in honor of the grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Church Creek, Maryland. The conference, “On the Edge of Freedom: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in the Borderlands,” will be held in Cambridge, Maryland, May 18-21, 2017. This conference will explore all aspects of the Underground Railroad in borderlands—both literal and figurative.

The conference brings together scholars, site stewards, researchers, student artists, and enthusiasts from across the nation for four days of renowned speakers, panel discussions, workshops, an exhibit hall, and tours. 


Call for Proposals
Travel and Accommodations
Keynote Speaker
Conference Schedule
Field Sessions
Conference Exhibitor
Sponsors & Partners



Diane Miller, National Program Manager, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, 410-221-2290, x 1111 or /diane_miller@nps.gov 


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Past Conferences:


September 10-15, 2007
Georgetown, Kentucky
September 15-20, 2008
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 16-19, 2009
Indianapolis, Indiana
July 28-31, 2010
Topeka, Kansas
June 15-18, 2011
Clermont County, Ohio (Cincinnati)
June 20-24, 2012
St. Augustine, Florida
June 19-22, 2013
Little Rock, Arkansas
 July 16-20, 2014
Detroit, Michigan 

June 13-16, 2016                                                     Hilton Head Island, South Carolina