CAMBRIDGE – The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference will be held on June 5 and 6. This annual conference will include workshops, tours, guest speakers and a dinner to honor Harriet Tubman and other Underground Railroad workers who risked their lives to support freedom.
Attendees to the conference will begin at the Harriet Tubman Center at 424 Race St. in Cambridge. Workshops will be held at Chesapeake College, Cambridge Branch at 418 Race St. with almost two dozen topics from which to choose. Millicent Sparks, writer/ performer/ producer will speak at the Celebration Banquet at Waugh United Methodist Street on High Street, sharing Harriet’s life and journey.
Harriet Tubman was the enslaved woman, who became a national icon by leading many members of her family to freedom in the North. Harriet, named Araminta Ross at her birth near Cambridge, changed her name to honor her mother, as was the custom of the time. She married a free black named John Tubman and soon after made freedom her own by escaping to the North. This decision was made because she feared that she would be sold South, when she wasn’t freed at her master’s death.
Harriet worked at many tasks throughout her life including house and field laborer, woodcutter, nurse, baker, and Union spy. She spent her later years in Auburn, NY where she maintained a home for displaced free individuals after the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery.
See www.tubmanugrr.com for registration information and more details. Call 410-228-1064 with questions.