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Grants Awarded - Underground Railroad Interpretive Project Phase Two and Visitor Center Complex Interpretive Plan

Underground Railroad Interpretive Project Phase Two and Visitor Center Complex Interpretive Plan

block Sailwinds Visitor Center
block Underground Railroad Scenic Byway

African-American slaves fleeing their bondage in the years before the Civil War often traveled along the Bay and its rivers on the road to freedom. This grant will support a new phase in an ongoing effort to boost public access to and interpretation of the stories of the Underground Railroad in the Chesapeake region. Two new interpretive exhibits and three new roadside panels will detail the dangerous and heroic nature of the journeys these enslaved people undertook and the secretive community supports that developed to help them on their way. One exhibit will be installed at the Sailwinds Visitor Center on Maryland's Eastern Shore in Dorchester County, the birthplace of Harriet Tubman. A new interpretive plan supported by this grant will also guide the development of interpretation for the center's exhibition spaces. The other exhibit is bound for the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center in downtown Cambridge.

Amount Funded: $37,450.00

Start Date: 09/15/2005

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