The Eastern Shore’s natural landscape provided a passageway to freedom along the Underground Railroad for hundreds, possibly thousands, of slaves, including abolitionists Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. Designated as a “Place to Visit” on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, Adkins Arboretum reflects the conditions through which freedom seekers traveled en route to freedom. On Sat., June 1, join a special evening event celebrating the launch of “A Journey Begins: Nature’s Role in the Flight to Freedom,” a new Arboretum audio tour that explores the little-known relationship between nature and the Underground Railroad.
Developed by Arboretum staff and volunteers in concert with noted historians Anthony Cohen and Dr. Kate Clifford Larson and consultants Q Media Productions, and funded through generous grant support from Maryland Humanities Council and Maryland Heritage Area Authority, this educational and thought-provoking self-guided tour examines how nature provided both obstacles and opportunities for freedom seekers. The story of nature and the Underground Railroad also interprets the profound connection between landscapes and historic conditions and events, emphasizing the importance of preserving native landscapes throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.
The audio tour launch runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Join this special evening to celebrate the project’s completion, meet the project team, and experience the tour. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public; reservations are required at adkinsarboretum.org.