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September is Underground Railroad Month

Sep 01 2021

September is Underground Railroad Month

For the third year, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has declared September as International Underground Railroad Month, recognizing the state as the “most powerful Underground Railroad storytelling destination in the world.” It’s also the month when Harriet Tubman made her first attempt to escape slavery (Sept. 17) and when Frederick Douglass self-liberated himself in Baltimore (Sept. 3). Learn more here: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/undergroundrailroad/international-underground-railroad-month.htm

As part of the month’s activities the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program welcomes submissions for their first Network to Freedom Photo Contest. The Network to Freedom Program is looking for photographs that show the diversity of Network to Freedom Listings, the dedication of Network to Freedom Members, and the power of place based Underground Railroad storytelling. Submissions are due Friday, September 17, 2021 at 11:59 EST. To learn more about the contest and how to submit photographs, please visit the initiative’s  Photo Contest webpage.