BALTIMORE (October 6) - The Maryland Office of Tourism has released a redesigned Maryland’s Underground Railroad and African-American Heritage Travel Guide.
The guide includes information on nearly 200 attractions and sites throughout Maryland linked to the state’s significant African-American heritage and culture. Museums, churches, historic homes, farms, school houses and performing art centers serve as the background to tell the stories of orators, explorers, inventors, executives, entertainers and entrepreneurs.
Highlighted in this issue are sites that participate in the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program, which works to preserve historic places associated with the Underground Railroad and tell a comprehensive story of the people and events associated with the struggle for freedom from enslavement. Maryland has documented 73 sites, the most of any state participating in the Network to Freedom program.
Programs and guided tours that tell the compelling stories of Marylanders who, by their myriad personal and professional accomplishments shaped a state and influenced a nation, are compiled in the 43-page publication.
The travel guide also includes short biographies of famous and lesser-known Maryland African-Americans. From founding a religious order for women of African descent to pioneering the African-American trade union movement, readers will discover an enduring heritage that generations have built.
For more information or to request a free copy, go to www.visitmaryland.org or call 1-800-719-5900.
About Maryland Tourism
The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts within the Maryland Department of Commerce (formerly the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development). Visitors to the state spent more than $15.4 billion on travel-related expenses in 2013. During 2013, the Maryland tourism industry also generated $2.1 billion in state and local taxes, and provided 138,682 jobs for Maryland residents.