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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park Eastern shore network for change IS READY...Are YOU

In March 2017, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center opened to the public and immersed visitors in Tubman's world through exhibits that are informative, evocative and emotive. Understand the value of Tubman's early years in Maryland, learn about the Underground Railroad resistance movement and her work as a freedom fighter, liberator, leader and humanitarian. The interpretive video "The Life and Legacy of Harriet Tubman" compliments the exhibits by providing an overview about the history of the Underground Railroad and Tubman's connections to it while highlighting the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. It’s a “must see”.

Dion Banks & Kisha Petticolas, Founders of Eastern Shore Network for Change

The Visitor Center also features a gift shop, information desk, research library and a temporary exhibit space.

Outside the Visitor Center, a walking path through the legacy garden offers a place for quiet reflection and meditation. Further appreciate the life and legacy of this great American heroine by attending a ranger-led program or exploring additional sites along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway.

Dion Banks & Kisha Petticolas, Founders of Eastern Shore Network for Change

The 17-acre park is adjacent is to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and is also home to an administrative building and a 2,600 square foot open-air picnic pavilion with stone fireplace and serving area. To learn more about these features visit the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park Map.

Bring family and friends and celebrate Black History Month at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in February. There will be special programs given by National and Maryland park service rangers.

During this special month, there will be daily Junior Ranger programs, and a short film about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in Maryland. Click on the link below to know the day and times of events and programs. Events are all free of charge.

Dion Banks & Kisha Petticolas, Founders of Eastern Shore Network for Change

From Annapolis and points north: Take US-301 North/US-50 East towards the Town of Cambridge. Turn right on Woods Road. Turn right on Route 16. Turn left onto Route 335 (Golden Hill Road), drive for 4.5 miles and the Visitor Center will be on your right. From Ocean City and points south: Take US-50 West towards the Town of Cambridge. Turn left on Route 16 (Church Creek Road). Turn left onto Route 335 (Golden Hill Road), and drive approximately 4.5 miles and the Visitor Center will be on your right.

Dorchester County, MD

We extend a sincere welcome to each and everyone of you who will travel both near and far to learn more about our local hero, Harriet Tubman. We invite you come share in our rich history and enjoy our unique culture and people here in the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Sailwinds Park, Cambridge, MD

On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Dorchester County has more shoreline than any other county in Maryland. From the Chesapeake Bay to the Choptank and Nanticoke Rivers to dramatic marshland, water is central to life here. Watermen (and women) still harvest crab, oysters, clams, and fish from these waters. You’ll find fresh and local seafood on the menu in nearly every restaurant.

We extend a sincere welcome to each and everyone of you who will travel both near and far to learn more about our local hero, Harriet Tubman. We invite you come share in our rich history and enjoy our unique culture and people here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. We plan to celebrate Harriet Tubman along with our other local Civil Rights Heroes. See the video below:

Another iconic shero from the Eastern Shore of Maryland is Gloria Richardson Dandridge. Dandridge gave a two-hour talk in July of 2017 on her experiences as the leader of the Cambridge Movement. She told a story of faith, hope, and possibilities. Reflections on Pine marked the 50th anniversary of civil unrest in Cambridge Maryland following decades of economic and educational segregation. The Eastern Shore Network For Change organized a series of events commemorating fifty years of civil rights, change, and community.

Kisha Petticolas & Dion Banks, Cofounders of the Eastern Shore Network for Change.

ESNC was founded by Dion Banks and Kisha Petticolas in 2012. Our vision is tbe an allied resource for existing community based programs, local government, social service institutions, public schools, higher learning institutions, the department of corrections and our local courts.

ESNC will raise awareness of issues in Dorchester County and creatively work with the community to inform, educate, and foster change that leads to social and economic empowerment.

Cambridge commemorates civil rights, community & change. Espousing faith, hope and possibilities, healthy Reflections on Pine marks the 50th anniversary of civil unrest in Cambridge Maryland following decades of economic and educational segregation. Learn more about a series of events we held during July 20-23, 2017 commemorating fifty years of civil rights, change, and community.

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