The ninth annual Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference will be held June 1-2 at the Cambridge branch of Chesapeake College, 416-418 Race St., Cambridge, Maryland.
This year’s theme is “Sharing the Stories; History is Ours to Tell.” Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., a descendant of Frederick Douglass, will be the keynote speaker. 2018 is the bicentennial of Morris’ ancestor’s birth. Morris’ life experiences will be shared and serve to inspire future community leaders and those with a passion for history. Workshops will be held by the area’s authorities on the underground railroad with a broad interpretation. Diane Miller, director of the National Park Service Network to Freedom, will discuss Maryland’s underground railroad history. Angela Crenshaw, assistant manager of the Harriet Tubman State Park, will connect that to William Still, the Philadelphia operator that chronicled the movement of many Eastern Shore slaves escaping north.
Other topics to be shared include slave hunting, slave cemeteries and Tony Cohen will speak about “Captive Audience: Experiences from Slavery’s Past.”
A dinner will be held at the Waugh Chapel and conclude the June 1 events. On June 2, after breakfast, Vincent Leggett will speak on “Harriet, Have You Heard?” Sessions run until 3:30 p.m. June 2.
Registration is $125 or $50 per day, excluding the dinner. Registration is available at htugrr.com or at the Harriet Tubman Organization, 424 Race St., Cambridge.
For more, call 410-463-0694.