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North to Freedom: Harriet Tubman's Eastern Shore

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North to Freedom: Harriet Tubman's Eastern Shore

In-Person Program

Weekend All-Day Tour

Saturday, July 20, 2024 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1CD039
Departs from Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C St SW
(corner of 6th & C Sts) Fringe stop: New
Carrollton Metro, Rte 50, East-side Kiss&Ride
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Stewart's Canal in Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Historic Park (National Park Service)

Born into slavery in Dorchester County, Maryland, around 1822, young Araminta Ross faced adversity from an early age. These hardships transformed “Minty” into Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, and her childhood knowledge of the geography of the Eastern Shore played a key role in her success in ferrying more than 70 people to freedom by 1860.

Historian Anthony Cohen uncovers the saga of Tubman’s life by exploring significant sites in the region where she was raised—and that shaped her dreams of freedom and equality. He chronicles Tubman’s life and the journey she and others took on their perilous journey north to freedom.

Visit the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center in Church Creek and the Bucktown Village Store, where a violent encounter altered young Tubman’s life, and the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center. Additional stops at sites along the Underground Railroad provide insights into Tubman’s life and achievements. Lunch is at a local restaurant.

Know Before You Go

  • The tour departs by motorcoach from downtown Washington, DC with a designated secondary pick-up outside the city. Content delivered by the study leader on the way to the destination, after the secondary pick-up, is an integral part of the study tour experience. Meeting the group once the tour is en route is discouraged.
  • Tour participants meet at and leave by bus from the Holiday Inn Capitol at 550 C St., SW, with a pickup stop at the New Carrollton Metro East Side Kiss and Ride at approximately 8:30 a.m.

General Information

  • Registration for this tour will end by 2 p.m. ET on Friday, July 19, 2024.
  • Smithsonian Associates is a mask-friendly environment. Please feel free to bring and wear a mask at any time during a tour, both for your safety or the safety of others.
  • As we aim to move away from single use water bottles, guests are strongly encouraged to get in the habit of bringing their own reusable water bottle on tour.
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