Tubman Park celebrates one-year anniversary
CHURCH CREEK — Guests were introduced to Harriet Tubman March 10 and 11 as the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park and Visitor Center celebrated its oneyear anniversary.
The celebration commenced each morning with a re-enactment of Tubman, brought to life by Millicent Sparks.
The 17-acre park and visitor center are located in an area of Dorchester County adjacent Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, known to be where Tubman was enslaved until she escaped in 1849. A collaboration between Maryland
and the National Park Service, the park is the trailhead for the underground railroad byway which includes points of interest to
Tubman’s life and the metaphorical railroad, a system she used to help others escape.
In its inaugural year, the visitor center has drawn more than 100,000 guests including tourists from all 50 states and more than 60 countries.
Harriet Tubman, portrayed by Millicent Sparks, spoke to nearly 100 visitors during the first year anniversary celebration of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center in Church Creek Saturday, March 10.