Harriet Tubman & The Underground Railroad

This summer I got the amazing privilege to intern at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Cambridge, Maryland.  The monumnet has not opened however, there is still much work get done in anticipation for its opening 2016-2017.  My first week as an intern has been busy but so rewarding! Part of my internship will be working at the Museum Resource Center where I can engage in research and archival work.  I will also be joining with the National Parks Service to create Jr Ranger packets for the Harriet Tubman Memorial site.  In preparation, this week my supervisor and I have been visiting different NPS sites to connect with local rangers to discuss their knowledge and hopes for their particular site. In addition, I have reviewed past Jr Ranger packets that will help me develop successful components that can be used in the Jr Ranger packet for my Tubman site that include historical activities and interesting facts.

Museum Resource Center

Museum Resource Center

The Harriet Tubman Memorial is also connected with Network to Freedom. A significant figure in the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad was Frederick Douglass. My visit to his house was an eye opening experience. I’ve known only the public side of this man and to see his personal side through his home was incredible. Some of his original artifacts were still in place.

Inside the Visitor's Center.

Inside the Visitor’s Center.

View of the front of his Douglass' home.

View of the front of his Douglass’ home.

At the Museum Resource Center I was able to also see Douglass' personal Bible.

At the Museum Resource Center I was able to also see Douglass’ personal Bible at the Museum Resource Center.

We visited the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge which was so peaceful and beautiful.

We visited the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge which was so peaceful and beautiful.

This was the landscape to which Harriet and other slaves fleeing to freedom would have navigated.

This was the landscape to which Harriet and other slaves fleeing to freedom would have navigated.

We visited the Harriet Tubman Organization:

Tubman Organization

Painting showing actual height of Harriet Tubman.

Painting showing actual height of Harriet Tubman.

The site of the Brodess Plantation where Harriet Tubman was said to have been born.

The site of the Brodess Plantation where Harriet Tubman was said to have been born.

It was very surreal to be in the area that Tubman and her family lived at.

It was very surreal to be in the area that Tubman and her family lived at.

The Bucktown store where an overseer threw a metal object at a runaway slave but hit Tubman in the head and she suffered a severe head injury.

The Bucktown store where an overseer threw a metal object at a runaway slave but hit Tubman in the head and she suffered a severe head injury.

Bucktown sign

 

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