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MDOT Archaeology Team Discovers Homesite of Harriet Tubman’s Father

Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford today joined state and federal partners at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center to announce the discovery of the historic homesite once owned by the father of famed abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman. The former home of Harriet Tubman’s father, Ben Ross, was discovered on property acquired in 2020 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as an addition to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Dorchester County, Maryland. An archaeology team led by the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration, conducted research that led to the discovery.

“This discovery adds another puzzle piece to the story of Harriet Tubman, the state of Maryland, and our nation,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “It is important that we continue to uncover parts of our history that we can learn from, especially when they can be lost to time, and other forces. I hope that this latest success story can inspire similar efforts and help strengthen our partnerships in the future.” For more on the discovery, follow the link below to the MDOT website.

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