Governor Hogan Proclaims September as the Third Annual International Underground Railroad Month

Month-long celebration highlights Maryland’s Freedom Fighters along the Underground Railroad with unique visitor experiences

BALTIMORE, MD (September 1, 2021) – Governor Larry Hogan today proclaimed September 2021 as the third annual International Underground Railroad Month. The month acknowledges the significance of the Underground Railroad, and all those involved, for its contribution to the eradication of slavery in the United States and as a cornerstone for a more comprehensive civil rights movement that followed. September also marks the self liberation of two of Maryland’s freedom fighters, Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.

“Maryland’s Underground Railroad had so many inspirational freedom seekers whose stories can be explored today through unique attractions, historical sites, and programming,” said Governor Hogan. “While Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass are two well-known freedom fighters, International Underground Railroad Month honors all the brave men, women, and children who fought for freedom.”

Maryland has led the charge inviting others to participate in this effort and continues to add new partners, including the United States and Canadian committees of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the Embassy of Canada, Wilson Center's Canada Institute, Indigenous nations including the Wyandotte Nation of Kansas, and multiple states, counties, and cities across the United States. To become inspired through sites and programming throughout the month, please go to https://www.visitmaryland.org/list/underground-railroad.

“International Underground Railroad Month gives us an opportunity to commemorate the brave men and women who left words of inspiration and stories for future generations to share,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “Maryland has a wealth of visitor experiences, such as the Josiah Henson Museum & Park, the Visit Hagerstown Underground Railroad Walking Tour, the Southern Maryland African American Heritage Guide, and more that helps us have a greater understanding of all those involved in the Underground Railroad.”

Maryland is known as the Most Powerful Underground Railroad Storytelling Destination in the World and has the most documented successful escapes utilizing the Underground Railroad. Currently, there are 86 National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom sites in the state. Visitors and residents can utilize Maryland’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Visitor Guide, along with other interpretive materials, to develop their own itinerary across Maryland to explore the Underground Railroad. 

To plan the journey along the Underground Railroad and learn more, go to https://www.visitmaryland.org/UGRR.

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