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About Us

The Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center, located in Cambridge, Maryland, is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman. Established in the 1980s by dedicated local volunteers, the museum aims to educate visitors about Tubman's extraordinary contributions as an Underground Railroad conductor, Civil War spy, nurse, suffragist, and humanitarian.

The museum features powerful murals, including "Take My Hand" by artist Michael Rosato, which draws attention from across the country. Inside, visitors can explore exhibits on Tubman's life, view art related to the Underground Railroad, watch a short film about her journey, and browse the resource area and gift shop​​.

Serving as an important cultural and educational resource, the Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center offers guided walking tours of downtown Cambridge and the surrounding areas where Tubman once lived. These tours are available from April to November and provide an immersive experience into the history of the region and Tubman's impact on the fight for freedom and equality. Additionally, the museum supports the local community by offering group tours, educational programs, and hosting events that highlight the rich heritage of the Eastern Shore​. 

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Our History

The Harriet Tubman Organization, Inc. is a community-based association in Cambridge, Maryland. Its roots trace back to 1983, when a committee was formed to assist the Trustees of Bazzel United Methodist Church in Bucktown, Maryland, in organizing a three-day event to honor Harriet Ross Tubman.

Before the organization was formally established, local historian Addie Clash Travers was the primary contact for information about Harriet Tubman. Residents and visitors seeking to learn about Tubman's legacy in Dorchester County would often be directed to Ms. Addie’s home. Her enthusiasm for Tubman’s history was well-received by her family and the community.

Addie Clash Travers encouraged others to commemorate Harriet Tubman’s legacy at Bazzel Church in Bucktown. She collaborated with the Rev. Richard D. Jackson family to establish Harriet Ross Tubman Day, which became an annual event.

The Harriet Tubman Organization began as the Harriet Tubman Association of Dorchester County, founded on September 24, 1972, at the home of Rev. Blanch Bailey. Russell Bailey and his wife supported the early efforts of co-founders Addie Clash Travers and Rev. Edward Jackson by hosting meetings at their home on Pine Street in Cambridge. The Harriet Tubman Committee was officially organized on January 31, 1983, at Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church in Cambridge, with founding members including Addie Clash Travers, Richard Bailey, Woodrow A. Pinder, and others.

The founding members aimed to create a community cultural center to provide cultural, educational, social, economic, and historical services. Their goal was to preserve and promote the life and legacy of Harriet Ross Tubman.

In 1996, the Board of Directors voted to rename the organization to the Harriet Tubman Organization, Inc., to better reflect its future vision and mission. The organization's mission is to develop programs and services for children and families, preserve Harriet Tubman's history, and offer the public an interpretive history of her achievements. Additionally, the organization advocates for children, youth, and families while promoting historical preservation.

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