Dorchester Celebrates Black History With a Month of Events

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Cambridge, Maryland, January 31, 2019–From historic Pine Street in Cambridge to the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Church Creek, Dorchester County is home to a variety of educational and inspirational events to celebrate Black History Month in February.

For more information, visit the Dorchester County Office of Tourism website at www.visitdorchester.org or call 410-228-1000.

Friday, Feb. 1 – 5-7pm
Talk: A Reflection on the Dreamer – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Rev. Dr. John G. Moore, Sr. presents “A Reflection on the Dreamer … Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” Moore is a famed orator and King impersonator who has re-enacted King’s speeches in Maryland, Delaware, and DC. Moore’s presentation will include portions of King’s most famous speeches including “We Shall Overcome,” “I have a Dream,” “The Drum Major Instinct,” and “The Mountain Top,” King’s final speech. Moore will also talk about King’s life. 321 High St., Cambridge, MD. Admission is free but seating is limited.

Fridays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22 – 10am, 12pm, and 4pm
Introduction to the Harriet Tubman Visitor Center
Enjoy a ranger-led introduction and learn about the symbolism of the park and Visitor Center. 4068 Golden Hill Rd., Church Creek, MD. Free.

Fridays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22 – 2pm
Film: Fighting for Freedom: Lewis Hayden and the Underground Railroad
Watch the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom movie with Diane Miller of NTF at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center. 406 Golden Hill Rd., Church Creek, MD. Free.

Saturdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23
Talks: At the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

• “The Park in Pictures” takes place at 11am, with Ranger Harris discussing what makes an image timeless and meaningful. Attendees should bring a camera or device with camera capabilities, creativity and a sense of humor.
• “The Instrumentalities of War” at 1pm with Ranger Nwakudo explores the ways that wars in Africa impacted the culture and identity of those involved with the slave trade.
• “The Songs of Enslaved People” at 2pm involves guests in learning about the songs used by Harriet Tubman and other freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad. Participation is not required but it is heavily encouraged.

All talks take place at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center. 4068 Golden Hill Rd., Church Creek, MD. Free.

Sundays, Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24
Talks: Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

Story Time with Mama Mary – 11am. Exploring the concept of self-liberation through engaging storytelling and self-reflection with Ranger “Mama Mary” Dennard.
Important Women in Harriet Tubman’s Life (NOT offered on Feb. 17) – 3pm. Explore the lives of three influential women in Tubman’s life: her mother, the author of her first biography, and a famous women’s suffragist.

All talks take place at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center. 4068 Golden Hill Rd., Church Creek, MD. Free.

Saturday, Feb. 9, 9am-10:30am
Walking Tour: Frederick Douglass in Cambridge

The tour retraces the steps that famous abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass took during two visits to Cambridge, MD, in 1877 and 1878. The world is currently marking the bicentennial of his birth in neighboring Talbot County, Maryland. Long Wharf at High and Water streets, Cambridge, MD. $15 per person.

Saturday, Feb. 9 – 10am-12:30pm
Reflections on Pine: Book Talk with Harriet Tubman and Gloria Richardson Biographers 
As part of the two-day Reflections on Pine: Strength of Our Past, Hope for Our Future event, Eastern Shore Network for Change hosts book talks with Harriet Tubman Biographer Kate Clifford Larson and Gloria Richardson Dandridge biographer Joseph Fitzgerald. Bethel AME Church, 623 Pine St., Cambridge, MD. Free.

Saturday, Feb. 9 – 3pm
Talk: “This Far By Faith: Harriet Tubman’s Spiritual Journeys to Freedom” 

Harriet Tubman biographer and scholar Dr. Kate Clifford Larson speaks about Tubman’s strong faith and spiritual influences and how they can be interpreted for the 21st century. Event happens at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center. 4068 Golden Hill Rd., Church Creek, MD. Free.

Saturday, Feb. 10 – afternoon
Reflections on Pine Luncheon
As part of the two-day Reflections on Pine: Strength of Our Past, Hope for Our Future event, Eastern Shore Network for Change hosts a luncheon with keynote speaker U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. Bethel AME Church, 623 Pine St., Cambridge, MD.

Sunday, Feb. 17 – 1pm
Meet Harriet Tubman

Hear Harriet Tubman’s story through an interactive re-enactment by Griot Janice Curtis Greene at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center. Sing spirituals and freedom songs as you go on a historical journey. 4068 Golden Hill Rd., Church Creek, MD. Free.

Saturday, Feb. 23 – 9am
Follow the Footsteps: An American Legend – Harriet Tubman Tour

Enjoy dinner, show, and tour hosted by Harriet Tubman Tours. Tour sites include the historic Dorchester County Courthouse, Long Wharf, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, and more. Plus, a full-course meal and storytelling by local historians. $50 per person. To reserve your spot, call 866-642-7743.

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