Harriet Tubman legacy celebrated with weekend-long festivities

The most famous conductor of the underground railroad was born and lived in Dorchester County.

Harriet Tubman died on March 10, 1913, and this is the weekend the museum that bares her name honors her with a weekend of exhibits, keeping her legacy alive.

"The impact that she had on the nation, her legacy, and really her stature as a leader for people in general and for particularly on this month immeasurable," says Anthony Cohen, a designer of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center.

One of the great abolitionist leaders, and the pride of Dorchester County, Harriet Tubman, is being honored with a weekend of exhibits at the center, also celebrating its one-year anniversary.

"She was born into horrific circumstances.  She usually did not have enough food, not enough clothing and she was born into slavery, but she did amazing things with her life," said Angela Crenshaw, the center's assistant manager.  "She spread the news about the fact that people need need to vote, people need rights.  People need freedom, and I think everyone can relate to that."

Festivities included a Tubman re-enactor, a performance by the UMES choir, and free access to the Tubman museum to learn all about her life, trials and triumphs.  The weekend attracts folks from across the region, including Michele Suddleson and her son, Nicholas, from Rockville.

"It's so important, on this day, that we don't forget what what happened not that long ago, actually, when you think about it," said Michele.

If you missed the festivities Saturday, you can catch them again Sunday.  The Center will be open from 9 AM to 5 PM with the same exhibits.

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