In conjunction with the grand opening celebration for the Harriet Tubman Visitor’s Center Church Creek, Maryland, the Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware will kick off commemorative programs on Saturday at the Delaware Historical Society and the Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation, with the reading of the Governor’s Proclamation of Tubman Day. This event will include the unveiling of a new Maryland-Delaware driving guide highlighting the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. The guide begins at the National Park in Maryland and covers sites of importance to Tubman’s early life in slavery. It continues through Delaware along a route that connects the places identified by Tubman as important to her rescue missions. The guide ends by encouraging travelers to follow the story through southeast Pennsylvania to Independence Hall. Following the ceremony, the day’s programming includes:
“Last Stop to Freedom,” Wilmington’s Enduring Role in the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman’s Legacy; 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation, Wilmington Friends Meeting House, 401 N. West Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Discover the lasting Quaker contributions to Wilmington and the Underground Railroad by learning about the partnership between Thomas Garrett and Harriet Tubman. An historical scavenger hunt coupled with an interactive Power Point presentation on the historic grounds of the Wilmington Friends Meeting House will provide fun, learning and lively discussion.
The Underground Railroad in Delaware – Public Program; 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Delaware Historical Society, Delaware History Museum and Old Town Hall, 504 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801
Walk in the footsteps of freedom seekers and the abolitionists who helped them in Delaware. Meet Harriet Tubman, John Tillman, and Thomas Garrett through various interactive activities and explore the Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage. Also on view will be a small temporary exhibit entitled Deliverance in Delaware: The Underground Railroad in the First State.
Event partners: Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware; State of Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs; Delaware Historical Society and the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage; Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation.