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OTD’s 400 Years of African American History Fellows Visit the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

Thanks to the 400 Years of African American History Commission OTD has four research fellows researching and completing 16 NPS Network to Freedom applications this spring.

One requirement of the grant is for the fellows to visit the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center and travel to see sites along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Scenic Byway. Two of the four fellows attended (two were unable to, due to COVID-19) and traveled to Brodess Farm, Bucktown General Store, Stanley Institute, Bayly House, and the Michael Rosato mural of Harriet Tubman in Cambridge while traversing the landscape Tubman would recognize today. Fellows used the mobile app and tried out the new augmented reality and virtual reality experiences at several of the byway sites.

Pictured: (Left to right) Ana Hall-Defoor, Social & Digital Products Coordinator, OTD; Heather Ersts, Outreach & Partnership Coordinator, OTD; 400 Years of African American History Fellows Angela Bailey and Matthew Laroche; and Dana Paterra, Park Manager, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park.