Fun Fact: A Beacon of Hope

The new Harriet Tubman sculpture “Beacon of Hope” was dedicated in Dorchester County this month.

Image courtesy I Love Dorchester County

Harriet Tubman was known as the Moses of her people. As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, she led nearly 70 slaves to freedom, making 13 separate trips to Maryland. Tubman also served as a scout, spy, guerrilla soldier, and nurse for the Union Army during the Civil War. Artist Wesley Wofford wanted to create a sculpture that would serve as a symbol of Harriet Tubman’s legacy. Specific events in Tubman’s life are an integral part of the sculpture’s design, including chains at the base and the gold star compass in Tubman’s hand.

After nearly two years of grassroots efforts, the 13-foot bronze sculpture now stands in front of the Circuit Court House in Cambridge, only a few miles from where Tubman was born. The dedication on September 10 was attended by nearly 1,000 people and was filled with deep emotions, dance, poetry, and music.

September is International Underground Railroad Month and 2022 is the bicentennial of Harriet Tubman’s birth. Learn more about African American history in Maryland’s counties with these Conduit Street Fun Facts:

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