Events planned statewide in honor of Tubman

March 06, 2001

Events will be held throughout the state this week in celebration of Harriet Tubman Day on Saturday.

The General Assembly enacted legislation last year establishing March 10 as Harriet Tubman Day in Maryland. Tubman was born a slave in the 1820s and escaped to freedom through Baltimore to Philadelphia in 1849. She returned to Baltimore in 1850 and led more than 300 slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad. She died in 1913.

Activities include a dedication ceremony and reception.

A free jazz party will be held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at Street Folks Jazz Coffee Bar and Afrocentric Art Gallery, 7403 Liberty Road.

Tomorrow, Blacks of the Chesapeake will hold a celebration from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Arundel Center in Annapolis.

In Cambridge, two events are scheduled: From 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, an Underground Railroad reception will be held at the Holiday Inn, and from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, various groups are sponsoring the Harriet Tubman Day Memorial Banquet at the Elks Lodge at 618 Pine St.

Information: the African American Tourism Council of Maryland, 410-783-5469.

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