Weekends in February Offer Inspiring Programs

News Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Annapolis, MD- In celebration of Black History Month, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center invite everyone to free, family-friendly programs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in February.

The park, located near Harriet Tubman’s birthplace in Dorchester County, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and houses an exhibit hall, immersive displays, a gift store, and an information desk. Throughout the month, the park’s expert staff known as “Team Tubman” will lead special programs to honor the life and legacy of the abolitionist and suffragette.

Each Friday – Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28  – programs will begin at 10 a.m., noon, and 4 p.m. with a ranger-led introduction highlighting the symbolism of the park and visitor center. At 2 p.m., the program, “The Preponderance of Poverty,” explores the causes of poverty and what can be done about it. 

Each Saturday – Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 – everyone can join rangers for “Mancala! Mancala! Mancala!” at 11 a.m. — an opportunity to learn the board game that takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master. Visitors can also create their own game board.

On two Saturdays — Feb. 15 and 29 — the park will feature “Raptors and Reptiles of Dorchester County” at 2 p.m. Since Tubman’s time in Dorchester County, the landscape has remained relatively unchanged; the department’s Scales & Tales program will offer a lesson on the natural landscape and native wildlife she would have encountered.

Each Sunday – Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23 –  “Story Time with Mama Mary,” at 11 a.m. explores the concept of self-liberation through engaging storytelling and self-reflection with Ranger “Mama Mary” Dennard. Visitors will enjoy a moment of meditation — and come away with an awareness of how far society has come since Tubman’s time,  and how far we still have to go.

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center, soon to begin its fourth year of operation, has hosted hundreds of thousands of visitors from 70 countries and territories and all 50 states. This state-of-the-art, green facility is managed in partnership with the National Park Service.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...