Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park

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Harriet Tubman

Over the last decade, there have been repeated but unsuccessful efforts to acquire property linked to Harriet Tubman’s birth and her valiant efforts to free enslaved people through the Underground Railroad.

In 2000, the National Park Service initiated a Harriet Tubman Special Resource Study to look at “the suitability and feasibility of establishing a national heritage corridor that incorporated key sites associated with Tubman and the Underground Railroad."

Since 2004, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources joined the Department of Business and Economic Development, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and a host of partners, inluding: the Network to Freedom, State Scenic Byways Program, Dorchester County Office of Tourism, Caroline County Office of Tourism, The Conservation Fund, The Harriet Tubman Organization, and other local stakeholders to work together to identify the most feasible and appropriate way to commemorate and interpret Tubman’s life and this important chapter in American History.

Until recently, the desire of local, regional, and national sectors to tell this incredible story as it unfolded was only a dream.

On April 18, 2007, a land exchange between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, The Conservation Fund, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service secured approximately 17-acres of land within Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge for the development of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park.

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