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

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Harriet Tubman
Harriet stars Tony-award winning actress Cynthia Erivo
Image Credit: Focus Features
Frederick Douglass statue
Frederick Douglass is memorialized in statue form at Maryland's National Harbor.
Image Credit: Kaveh Sardar

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. 
Discover more about those involved in the Underground Railroad, including Maryland’s courageous Harriet Tubman, the brilliant orator Frederick Douglass, and thousands of freedom seekers. Maryland is open for heroes.

HARRIET movie poster image Image Credit: Focus Features

1 Harriet

Focus Features describes the film: "Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history."

Harriet Tubman at a fence Image Credit: Maryland Dept of Natural Resources

2 See Her Story: The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

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 Painting Image Credit: Banneker Douglass Museum's Fine Art Collection

3 Following In His Footsteps: Experience the Maryland Frederick Douglass Driving Tour

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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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

4 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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