The Cultural Landscape at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park


The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad
National Historical Park is a new park located in Dorchester County on the
Eastern Shore of Maryland through a Cultural Landscape Report for the Jacob
Jackson home site the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation is uncovering the history of this important place and helping to plan for its future. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument was created in 2013 by a presidential proclamation, by President Barack Obama, and then in 2014
legislation was passed by Congress creating the Harriet Tubman Underground
Railroad National Historical Park. Harriet Tubman of course was the
greatest Underground Railroad agent of all time from Dorchester County, Maryland
and Jacob Jackson was her friend and her contact who helped her notify her
brothers that she was ready to come and rescue them at Christmas in 1854. The Underground Railroad was a network of resources for individuals to gain
freedom from slavery here in the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It was a very
sophisticated network that ran through a number of states, literally all the way
into Canada. There are many different types of
documents that we can use to tell the story of the Jacob Jackson Home Site.
This story is primarily about the experience of African Americans in the
first half of the 19th century. We still have the landscape that has been
virtually untouched, by what I call an influx of individuals who want to build
up the place and all of that was stopped by Fish and Wildlife, I guess you must
say, the farmers who live in this area. They did not want the atmosphere to change
or the environment, and then I became a part of it because I was doing tours
and I realized how important it was. And providing people an opportunity to visit
and take part in activities and experience this Historical Park
means a lot to me, that’s why I wear this uniform. Harriet Tubman is an American
Hero and she is a freedom fighter that we need to celebrate, we do celebrate and
by celebrating her on the landscapes that enslaved her and liberated her is
an amazing way to acknowledge not only a painful American history, but also a
triumphant American history.

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