Harriet Tubman escaped from brutal slave owners in 1849 and risked her life to help bring many more enslaved Americans to freedom via the Underground Railroad; this park a testament to her remarkable legacy of fighting for the equal rights of all people. Its 25,000 acres also encompass beautiful natural areas for wildlife-watching, hiking, biking, and paddling. The park includes large portions of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Dorchester County, Maryland, where Tubman spent much of her early life, as well as the home site of Jacob Jackson, a free black man who helped Tubman in her efforts to free others.
Harriet Tubman: Civil War Spy
During the Civil War, Tubman served as a Union nurse, scout, and spy, even helping to conduct an assault on Confederate plantations in 1863 that freed enslaved Americans.
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Blog Post Follow in the Footsteps of an American Hero at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland A hundred years after her death, the Park Service created a new national monument earlier this year to honor Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman, who helped bring enslaved Americans to freedom and fought for equal rights for all people. Not only is this park a testament to her remarkable legacy, its 25,000 acres also encompass beautiful natural areas for wildlife-watching, hiking, biking, and paddling.
Press Release National Parks Group Applauds President Obama for Enhancing National Park System with Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad, First State, and Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monuments Statement by NPCA President Tom Kiernan
Letter Supporting Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad and Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monuments: Supporting Comments Supporting comments for Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad and Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monuments
Letter Supporting Harriet Tubman National Monument NPCA letter to Governor O'Malley regarding proposed Harriet Tubman National Monument
humans need nature--both physically and spiritually. Ecosystem services provide us with things like clean water, clean air, food, and suitable places to live, and the natural ecosystems that provide those services can be sources of inspiration or places of healing, discovery, and growth. National parks preserve these special places so that we, and all of the generations that follow, may always enjoy them. — Aricia