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Remembering Harriet Tubman With Song
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March 05, 2013
This Sunday marks the centennial of the death of Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman. She was born in Dorchester County, escaped to freedom in 1849, and returned south many times to guide other slaves north to freedom.
Her story has inspired countless books and works of art. And, she’s also inspired a blues oratorio, parts of which will be performed in Dorchester County this weekend.
Bassist and composer Marcus Shelby joins Sheilah on the line from San Francisco to talk about the album, called “Harriet Tubman”.
You can buy the album here.
Shelby will perform at a Saturday banquet honoring Tubman at Governor's Hall in Sailwinds Park in Cambridge, MD. The dinner begins at 4 pm. Tickets are $50. He'll also be performing Sunday at 2 pm at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge, MD. Tickets are $20. You can buy tickets here. You can find more details about his performances here. That's also where you'll find more about the many other events taking place in Dorchester County honoring Harriet Tubman.
And, if you want to see some of the area along the Underground Railroad this weekend, you can take this driving tour of Dorchester and Caroline County.
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum also has events honoring the life of Harriet Tubman this month. Find out more here.