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Harriet Tubman Mural by Michael Rosato in Cambridge, MD

Underground Railroad ‘conductor’ Harriet Tubman was born in Dorchester County in 1822. At this small museum in downtown Cambridge – just a few miles from where she grew up – learn of the strength, courage, and determination of this remarkable woman.

The Harriet Tubman Museum & Education Center was started in the 1980s – and is still run by – dedicated local volunteers who want to share Harriet Tubman’s story and preserve her legacy. The museum building features a powerful and moving mural of Harriet Tubman, “Take My Hand,” that has attracted attention from around the country. The mural was commissioned by the Dorchester Center for the Arts and completed in 2019 by artist Michael Rosato. Inside the museum, another Michael Rosato mural re-creates the Bucktown General Store – the site of Tubman’s first act of defiance – with murals on each of the four walls. The Tubman Museum offers exhibits, art related to the Underground Railroad,  a short film about Tubman’s life, a resource area, and a gift shop.

The museum also offers walking tours, both in downtown Cambridge and outside of town in the area where she once lived from April to November. Find out more. The museum welcomes group tours and offers step-on guides as well as transportation for small nonprofit groups.

The museum is usually open Tuesday through Friday, 12-3pm, and Saturday, 12-4pm. There is no admission fee but donations are welcome.

NOTE: This museum is different from the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, which opened in 2017 in Church Creek, Maryland, about a 20-minute drive from downtown Cambridge, and is run by the National and Maryland Park Services. Find out more about the Tubman Visitor Center.

After growing up on the Brodess Farm in Bucktown in Dorchester County, Tubman later escaped from slavery and returned 13 times to lead other enslaved people to freedom using the secret network of people and sites known as the Underground Railroad. She later served as a Civil War spy and nurse, a suffragist, and a humanitarian.

The Tubman Museum and Education Center is Stop #6 on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, a self-guided, scenic driving tour with more than 30 sites related to freedom seekers in the 1800s. For more information, visit the Tubman Byway website or stop by the Dorchester Visitor Center, 2 Rose Hill Place in Cambridge, MD.

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424 Race St.
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-228-0401

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Thursday-Friday: 12-3pm
Saturday: 12-4pm

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