There were many stops along the Underground Railway in Delaware and Harriet Tubman also traveled the First State’s back roads to help lead slaves to freedom. Today Governor Jack Markell presented a proclamation for Harriet Tubman Day and kicked off a 10 day commemorative activities leading up to the 100th anniversary of Tubman’s death on March 10, 1913
Harriet Tubman Commemorative Events, March 1 – March 10, 2013
DOVER: Governor’s Proclamation for Harriet Tubman Day for March 10. At the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs (DHCA), Old State House, The Green, 11 a.m. Contact Beverly Laing email@example.com; 302-736-7437. Includes Kent County unveiling of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway Corridor Management Plan (DelDOT Byways Office) Ann.Gravatt@state.de.us; 302-760-2254.
DOVER: Dramatic play at the Old State House, The Green, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., “Better Angels: Signs of the Times,” about the 1848 Thomas Garrett trial in New Castle. Event is free but reservations are recommended as space is limited. Contact Nena Todd, 302-744-5055 firstname.lastname@example.org
WILMINGTON: Guided Tour of Old Town Hall, 512 Market Street, Wilmington (Delaware Historical Society) 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Tour emphasizes the history of the 1798 building and its role in abolitionism. Display will include collections related to Underground Railroad Stationmaster and Wilmington resident Thomas Garrett. Contact Antoinette Maccari at 302-295-3284; email@example.com
NEW CASTLE: Dramatic play at New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware Street, “Better Angels: Signs of the Times” about the 1848 Thomas Garrett trial in New Castle. (Provided by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, and the Delaware Humanities Forum). 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free, but reservations are recommended as space is limited. Contact Cynthia Snyder, 302-323-4453; Cynthia.firstname.lastname@example.org
DOVER: Tribute to Harriet Tubman: “Women of Color in Early Recorded Music,” Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New Street, 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Contact Nena Todd, 302-744-5054 or email@example.com
DOVER: Program and tour: Stories of the Underground Railroad, featuring the lives of Vincent Summers (theatrical portrayal) and Samuel Burris; brief walking tour of the Green, featuring the story of the “Dover Eight.” 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. at the Old State House, The Green (Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs/ First State Heritage Park). Contact Nena Todd, 302-744-5054 firstname.lastname@example.org
DOVER: Public program, “Free and Enslaved Women on the John Dickinson Plantation,” John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs). Contact Gloria Henry 302-739-3277; Gloria.email@example.com
DELAWARECITY: Delaware City Library, Fifth and Bayard Streets: Opening of Harriet Tubman Book Discussion Series for adults, teens and children, 7 p.m. (sponsored by the Delaware City Library and the Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware. First discussion group for adults and teens, on biography by Kate Clifford Larson, “Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero” (2004, Ballantine Books). NOTE: Additional programs: March 13, 7 p.m.: “Harriet Tubman: Secret Agent” by Thomas B. Allen (Scholastic)(pre-teens and teens); March 23, 11 a.m.: “Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky” by Faith Ringgold, and “Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People To Freedom” by Carole Boston Weatherford (children). Contact Sheila Mikkelson, 302-834-4148; firstname.lastname@example.org
WILMINGTON: Program of spirituals in honor of Harriet Tubman Centennial, Center City Chorale, First and Central Presbyterian Church, 11th and Market Streets, Wilmington. 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m., free and open. Contact David Schelat, email@example.com, www.marketstreetmusicde.org(Market Street Music).
WILMINGTON: 7:30 p.m.- Opening Reception for Symposium – 18th Century Abolitionists, Hale Byrnes House, 606 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark. Contact Kim Burdick for complete details of reception and to register at 302-543-5723, firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOVER: 6 p.m. - Lecture by Don Blakey on the research that influenced his theatrical play, “It Happened in Des Moines,” a work about African American Women in WWII, at the Old State House, The Green (DONDEL Productions & DHCA). Contact Beverly Laing, 302-736-7437 Bev.Laing@state.de.us NOTE: The play will be performed at Delaware State University, Humanities Theatre, on March 23, 7 p.m., and on March 24, 4 p.m. Admission is free.
CAMDEN: Ceremony and walking tours featuring the Tubman and Underground Railroad story. Ceremony honoring United States Colored Troops at Zion AME Church and Cemetery, 20 Center Street, 11 a.m., with guided walking tours to follow (Friends of Historic Camden). Contact Donna Reed 302-697-1099, email@example.com, www.historiccamdende.org
WILMINGTON: Symposium – 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. “Let This Voice Be Heard: 18th Century Abolitionists” – Full day of lectures and discussions, Wilmington Friends Meeting, 4th and West Streets, Wilmington. Featured speaker is Dr. Maurice Jackson, Georgetown University, author of a biography of Anthony Benezet, known as the Father of American Abolitionism. Sponsors include the Delaware Teachers’ Center, Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation, The Delaware Society for Preservation of Antiquities – Hale Byrnes House, and the Delaware Humanities Forum. This symposium offers teacher’s continuing education credits. Contact Kim Burdick for complete details of symposium, registration and fee at 302-543-5723, firstname.lastname@example.org
March 10 (Harriet Tubman Day):
SANDTOWN/CAMDEN/WILMINGTON: “Harriet Tubman Journey,” two separate relays/walks in Camden (starts 8:30 a.m.), at the Wilmington Christina Riverwalk (8:30 a.m.), (Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway and the Harriet Tubman Journey team). Check the Facebook/HarrietTubmanJourney” and www.harriettubmanjourney.org or contact Penny Marshall at 302-283-0521, email@example.com
DOVER/NEW CASTLE: New Castle Court House Museum and the Old State House Museum will be open from 1:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. and featuring special topical programs, interpretations, Harriet Tubman Day celebrations (DHCA). Contact Beverly Laing, 302-736-7437 Bev.Laing@state.de.us
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