BALTIMORE — Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday, Sept. 3, proclaimed September as International Underground Railroad Month, which recognizes Maryland as the most powerful destination for authentic Underground Railroad history.
It also commemorates all those involved in the Underground Railroad, including Maryland’s Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Henry Highland Garnet and thousands of freedom seekers.
“Maryland has the most documented successful escapes and was heavily active in the Underground Railroad,” Hogan said. “Recognizing International Underground Railroad Month in Maryland honors the heroism of many brave men, women and children who took a dangerous journey along the Underground Railroad, and those who fought for their freedom.”
Visitors can explore the history and stories of courage through interpretive materials, tours, attractions and guides as they visit Maryland’s Network to Freedom sites. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway provides visitors with the opportunity to walk in Tubman’s footsteps, while the “Following in His Footsteps: Maryland’s Frederick Douglass Driving Tour” traces Douglass’ story around the state.
Maryland, as a true epicenter of the Underground Railroad, was home to many of the Underground Railroad’s leaders. Throughout the state, partners have come together to tell the stories of Tubman, Douglass and Garnet, as well as Josiah Henson, the William Still Family and J.W.C. Pennington.
“As the nation’s first ethnic commission, we are pleased to join Gov. Hogan in recognizing the authentic history of the Underground Railroad whereby countless brave men, women and children enslaved here in Maryland were able to escape to their freedom,” said the Rev. Dr. Tamara England Wilson, chairman of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. “Their stories which reveal cooperation across racial lines will inspire each of us today to do our part in ensuring that all people enjoy the freedoms that this nation affords.”
Tuesday, Sept. 3 marked the 181st anniversary of Douglass’ self-liberation from Baltimore’s President Street Station. Sept. 17 will mark the 170th anniversary of Tubman’s self-liberation from the Eastern Shore.
For more information and to plan the journey along the Underground Railroad, visit www.visitmaryland.org/UGRR.