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Maryland museum highlights the life of Harriet Tubman

January-February 2024

Harriet Tubman mural

(Photo by Jill Jasuta)

The Harriet Tubman Organization in Cambridge, Md., is one of the oldest community organizations dedicated to the memory of Harriet Tubman, who was born in nearby Bucktown. Both localities lie within Dorchester County, Md.

Founded in the mid-1980s, the organization is continually dedicated to preserving Tubman’s connection to the local community and to helping young people see Tubman as a role model.

Over the past three decades, its efforts have included memorials to Tubman, tours to significant sites associated with her life by way of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Scenic Byway, educational programming, celebrations, community outreach, and museum exhibits at the Harriet Tubman Museum & Educational Center.

The exterior of the museum building features a powerful and moving mural of Harriet Tubman beckoning viewers to take her hand — representing a first symbolic step toward freedom. The mural was completed in 2019 and has attracted attention from around the country ever since. “Michael Rosato’s 2019 mural did a lot to bring attention to the museum and draw visitors from near and far,” says photographer Jill Jasuta. “I was happy to capture photos of his powerful artwork to help spread the word.”

The museum hosts numerous programs throughout the year and its members have inspired community action and encouraged interpretation and research into Tubman’s life and legacy. “I endeavor to carry on the legacy of Harriet Tubman by connecting history, music and arts in a way that reaches our inner being and changes lives,” says Linda Harris, director of events and programming for the museum.

Inside, visitors will find exhibits and a plethora of historic resources. Volunteer members of the organization are highly skilled in answering questions and providing information on Harriet Tubman and the region. Step-on guided tours of area sites associated with Harriet Tubman are available by appointment. The museum also has a gift shop and provides literature about other area attractions.

For more information and hours of operation, visit harriettubmanmuseumcenter.org.