The Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware will begin commemorative programs at 10 a.m. March 11 at the Delaware Historical Society and the Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation, with the reading of the governor’s proclamation of Tubman Day.
This event will include the unveiling of a new Maryland-Delaware driving guide highlighting the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. The guide begins at the National Park in Maryland and covers sites of importance to Tubman’s early life in slavery. It continues through Delaware along a route that connects the places identified by Tubman as important to her rescue missions. The guide ends by encouraging travelers to follow the story through southeast Pennsylvania to Independence Hall.
After the ceremony, the day’s programming includes:
— “Last Stop to Freedom: Wilmington’s Enduring Role in the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman’s Legacy”; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation, Wilmington Friends Meeting House, 401 N. West St., Wilmington.
— The Underground Railroad in Delaware - Public Program; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Delaware Historical Society, Delaware History Museum and Old Town Hall, 504 N. Market St., Wilmington.
Meet Harriet Tubman, John Tillman and Thomas Garrett through various interactive activities and explore the Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage. Also on view will be an exhibit titled “Deliverance in Delaware: The Underground Railroad in the First State.”
For information, call 655-7161 or 383-8507.