Annapolis, MD — Governor Larry Hogan has proclaimed September as International Underground Railroad Month.
This honors Maryland’s many historical sites connected to the Underground Railroad and commemorates all those involved in the Underground Railroad, including Maryland’s Harriet Tubman and the brilliant orator Frederick Douglass.
“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.”
Today marks the 181st anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s self-liberation from Baltimore’s President Street Station. September 17, 2019 will mark the 170th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s self-liberation from Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
The Governor encouraged visitors to explore history by visiting Maryland’s Network to Freedom sites. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway provides visitors with the opportunity to walk in Tubman’s footsteps, while the “Following in His Footsteps: Maryland’s Frederick Douglass Driving Tour” traces Douglass’s story around the state.
Among the sites in Southern Maryland Old Jail of St. Mary’s County in Leonardtown, Point Lookout State Park & Civil War Museum in Scotland, and the Sotterly Plantation in Hollywood.