Maryland: The Most Powerful Underground Railroad Storytelling Destination in the World

Maryland is truly unique in the number of places that tell inspiring stories of the heroic men, women and children who fought for freedom from slavery along the Underground Railroad.

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Harriet Tubman Mural
Harriet Tubman Mural by Michael Rosato
Photo By: Jill Jasuta
Frederick Douglass statue
Frederick Douglass is memorialized in statue form at Maryland's National Harbor.
Photo By: Kaveh Sardar
Blackwater Refuge offers land trails, paddling trails, exceptional bird and wildlife viewing, as well as hunting, fishing and crabbing opportunities in season. Several local outfitters offer canoe, kayak or bicycle rentals.
Paddle the waterways at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge to experience landscapes that would be familiar to Harriet Tubman who grew up in the area.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

1 Explore Maryland's Underground Railroad Network to Freedom

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.
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Harriet Tubman Mural Photo By: Jill Jasuta

2 The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, Caroline and Dorchester Counties

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.

Frederick Douglass statue Photo By: Kaveh Sardar

3 Frederick Douglass Driving Tour, Eastern Shore, Annapolis and Baltimore

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.
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