Open for Heroes
Come and see why Maryland is The Most Powerful Underground Railroad Storytelling Destination in the World.
September is International Underground Railroad Month, but Maryland is always open for heroes. Home to legendary leaders like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass-- this year in Maryland, we are looking deeper and celebrating some of the "unsung heroes" of the Underground Railroad and the continuing fight for equality. Explore these sights as a window to a past full of tragic wrongs and walk in the footsteps of those who risked all to set things right.
You know some of their names. Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. But the brave and beautiful stories of others have been shrouded by the mists of time. Though less well known, the deeds of heroes William Still, Josiah Henson, and Henry Highland Garnet still shine bright through the ages. Get to know these Maryland freedom fighters.
At the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center and State Park visitors become immersed in Tubman’s world through informative, evocative exhibits. Drive the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Scenic Byway to explore the secret network of trails, waterways and safe houses used by enslaved people fleeing north to escape slavery and visit sites along the byway where Harriet's life unfolded.
Born on a farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Frederick Douglass chronicled his experiences in slavery and is regarded as one of America's most prominent and influential orators, abolitionists and statesmen. Discover the real Frederick Douglass in the places that shaped him on a driving tour that starts on the Eastern Shore and takes you through Annapolis and Baltimore.
Hidden in Maryland’s landscapes are the stories of hundreds of freedom seekers who risked their lives to escape slavery. Full of courage and inspiration, more people successfully fled from bondage in Maryland than from any other state.
Explore Douglass’s beloved homeland. Outdoor exhibits describe his early life with his grandparents in a humble cabin and his determination to rise above the bondage of slavery. Hear the bird calls, feel the cool water and see the wild arrow arum growing, just as he did. Douglass’s roots run deep here, and his spirit lives on through these lands.