Harriet Tubman Byway Photo Safari
Spend the day photographing and learning about the heroic efforts of Harriet Tubman as she worked to help the enslaved escape to freedom!
As our contribution to the celebration of Black History Month, Washington Photo Safari is pleased to offer this new safari that traces the Underground Railroad routes used by Harriet Tubman in the 19th century, helping enslaved people escape to the North.
After meeting at the Dorchester County Visitor Center, we will drive a short distance to the Harriet Tubman Memorial Garden and photograph the mural of Harriet (painted by the 3x great nephew of Harriet, Charles Ross) at the garden, which is adjacent to Route 50 East. Then we will head into the town of Cambridge where we will visit and photograph the Courthouse. The auction block stood here and there are several residential buildings along the street that may be interesting to photograph. We will be able to walk to the waterfront where ships from the African Slave Trade landed.
Then we will visit the Harriet Tubman Museum and photograph the famous mural of Harriet with her out-stretched hand, painted by Michael Rosato, a local artist.
The lunch break will be in the town of Cambridge.
After lunch, if possible, we will go to several facilities, including the Stanley Institute (a school) and Christ Rock Church which were built by the African American Community in 1867; and Bucktown Village Store, which is where Harriet was hit with a two-pound weight. If the Harriet Tubman State Park and Visitor Center is open, we’ll make a stop there as well.
We’ll also do some landscape photography at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, where the forest marshes and waterways are largely unchanged from the time that Harriet lived and worked in Dorchester County.
Our final stop will be Brodess Farm, whose owner was Harriet’s enslaver. It is vast privately-owned land mass and the buildings are not original, but from an historical perspective, it is a “must-see”, and one where you can test your composition skills!
Note: all admission fees are included in the price of the safari. Since this is a driving tour, safarians should anticipate driving from location to location.
- Extra memory cards
- Extra charged battery
- Accessories such as filters, remote release
- Weather appropriate clothing
Dorchester County Visitor Center
2 Rose Hill Dr, Cambridge, MD
As a retired physical educator of seven years, Jewell Newton now has the time to indulge two of her passions, photography and African American History, into one. She spent much of her time traveling the United States visiting African American historical sites, with a focus on the Underground Railroad. She spent several days visiting and photographing the sites along the Harriet Tubman Byway in Maryland and have also visited UGRR points in Florida, Massachusetts, Delaware, Vermont, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia.
She has been a keen admirer of Ms. Tubman….her fortitude, resilience, and life in general are not to be reckoned with. Visiting the places where she began her life, then left and returned on several occasions have only served to increase Ms. Newton’s appreciation for this Freedom Seeker and all that she endured in order to free her family, neighbors and friends.