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Chasing History: The Underground Road Trip: Harriet Tubman

Updated: Jul 10, 2023

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park is located at 4068 Golden Hill Road, Church Creek, MD 21622.

Born Araminta Ross in 1822, Harriet Tubman is known as the legendary conductor of the Underground Railroad. In March of 2022 the nation celebrated the 200th birthday of the legend and underscored the importance of her contribution to history and the healing of cultural wounds.

The visit to the historical site empowered everything that I had been taught about Harriet Tubman. I was filled with excitement from the moment I drove through the national park gates that bore her name. The immaculate runway that led to the double doors of the preservation led to a welcoming wall mural with an accompanying bust. Well deserved.

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Photo: FNBN Productions, LLC

The Underground Network To Freedom

Once inside I was able to get my "Underground Railroad" stamp. As a member of the National Underground Network to Freedom I am on a quest to visit all sites helping to advance the idea that all human beings embrace the right to self-determination and freedom from oppression. Currently there are over 700 national historic sites in the network, and every time I conquer one I am motivated to keep moving. One less stop to go.

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Chasing History: The Underground Road Trip

This production was our ground breaking VLOG series that gives homage to the connection between history and the pressing issues affecting culture and inequalites. For Nurses By Nurses Productions uses its fundamental working pillar of education to help communities connect the dots. It is a pleasure to experience and share the work that so many others have contributed to the healing of our nation. In addition, it is the strongest tool that I have found that empowers my story-telling and historian duties. Remarkable.

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center offers a comprehensive, and immersive visual experience of the Harriet Tubman underground railroad and gives insight to those abolitionist who helped paved the way. The exhibit does a deep dive into her life as a slave girl and is minutes away from the infamous Buckhead General Store where she was hit in the head with a rock. Which ultimately changed her life.

As a filmmaker I could appreciate the onsite theatre that presented a short-film on the early life of Harriet. It was an excellent introduction to the exquisite visuals, statues and audio which were steeped in data and facts, all giving visitors a complete understanding of her life and heroism. It was fantastic.

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One of my favorite photos was taken with the sitting statue of Harriet. IN my opinion, it embodies her resilience, posture and reference to take on the heroic roles of a conductor, spy, activist and nurse.

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Research shows that history has a direct connection to current issues in health and social injustices. I believe the ability to learn from past injustices such as slavery, genocide and gentrification gives opportunities for healing. In addition, historical injustices are the focus point for a number of current political-racial protests and debates. I am confident that when we address past hurts, we heal.

I hope the VLOG encourages you to take a road trip. For more information on the Harriet Tubman Underground National Historic Park please visit here .

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