Tub­man Park cel­e­brates one-year an­niver­sary

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By SHAUNA THOMP­SON Spe­cial to the Dorch­ester Star

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.

PHOTO BY JOE W. MCFAD­DEN

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.

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