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Maryland recognizes the month of September for its Underground Railroad history

Posted at 1:44 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 10:48:31-04

BALTIMORE — Can Marylanders call the Governor's latest proclamation Black History in September?

On Tuesday, Governor Larry Hogan announced the state will recognize September as International Underground Railroad Month. The state will be commemorated as the most powerful destination for authentic Underground Railroad history.

“Maryland has the most documented successful escapes, and was heavily active in the Underground Railroad,” said Governor Hogan. “Recognizing International Underground Railroad month in Maryland honors the heroism of many brave men, women, and children who took a dangerous journey along the Underground Railroad and those who fought for their freedom.”

The thousands of brave heroes Hogan mentions includes Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.

Visitors of the Old Line State can explore the journey to freedom at Maryland’s Network to Freedom sites through tours, attractions, and guides. The tours allows visors to walk in the footsteps of the two abolitionist at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway and the Frederick Douglass Driving Tour.

According to the state's Office of Tourism, Tuesday marks Douglass' 181st anniversary of self-liberation from Baltimore’s President Street Station and September 17, 2019 will mark the 170th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s self-liberation from Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

For more information and to plan the journey along the Underground Railroad,click here.