The 2015 Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference will take place June 5 and 6 at Chesapeake College in Cambridge. Focusing on Harriet Tubman and the waterways used in Dorchester County, the annual conference aims to educate attendees on Tubman and the network of people who helped slaves escape the region.
Accomplished actor, writer, and producer Millicent Sparks will be the banquet dinner keynote speaker on Friday. The recipient of numerous national literary honors, Carole Boston Weatherford will be the keynote speaker on Saturday. The conference theme “Freedom, Family, Faith and Community: Unsung Heroes of the Underground Railroad” will be the focus for the two-day symposium. Dorchester County Economic Development Director Keasha Haythe will lead the Water Moves Us: Past, Present and Future Workshop.
The conference will feature several workshops and local tours of sites associated with Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Last year’s conference attracted visitors from all over the East Coast, had 20 workshops, and hosted esteemed keynote speakers Vincent Leggett and Jeffrey Fortin. For more information or to register for the conference, please contact them at 410.228.1064 or visit www.tubmanugrr.net.