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International Underground Railroad Month

International Underground Railroad Month September 2021
The Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism (OTD) invites you to join us in commemorating International Underground Railroad Month during September 1-30, 2021.

What is International Underground Railroad Month?
International Underground Railroad Month acknowledges the significance of the Underground Railroad, and all those involved, for its contribution to the eradication of slavery in the United States and as a cornerstone for a more comprehensive civil rights movement that followed. It honors the inspiring efforts of people from around the world who have committed themselves to document, interpret, and share with the public the history of the Underground Railroad.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed the first International Underground Railroad Month in September 2019. OTD, Michigan Freedom Trail Commission, and the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom (NTF) program are working to expand International Underground Railroad Month to multiple states, Canada, and the Carribean. 

For more information about International Underground Railroad Month and how you can participate, please see the information below. If you have questions, contact Heather Ersts, OTD Partnership and Outreach Manager, at [email protected].

Tell Us What You are Planning for International Underground Railroad Month
Let us help market you and your International Underground Railroad Month activities. Please fill out the form attached here

International Underground Railroad Month Social Media Guide
Join the statewide network commemorating International Underground Railroad Month and inspiring travel to learn more about the Underground Railroad in Maryland.
Click here for the Social Media Guide.

Add Your Event to the Calendar of Events
The Visit Maryland Calendar of Events is one of the most visited sections of the Maryland Office of Tourism website which sees 2.6 million unique visitors per year. To add your event please see the instructions here.

Fact Sheet about International Underground Railroad Month and How You Can Participate
Find out the basic facts about International Underground Railroad Month and see how you can participate. 
Click here for the Fact Sheet.

Draft Proclamation Text for International Underground Railroad Month
If you want to encourage your town or county to proclaim International Underground Railroad Month, here is some draft text proclamation text to get you started. 
Click here for Draft Proclamation Text.

Webinar about International Underground Railroad Month
On May 19, 2021, Maryland Office of Tourism & Film Managing Director Liz Fitzsimmons joined Diane Miller, NPS’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom National Program Manager; Doug Comer, President, ICOMOS United States National Committee; and Roy Finkenbine, Michigan Freedom Trail Commissioner, to conduct a webinar about how to participate in International Underground Railroad Month 2021.To see how you can participate this year, you can view the webinar, linked here.

Maryland Mondays

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Civil War Trails

Manage the Maryland Civil War Trails (CWT) Initiative, including technical assistance for the Civil War Sesquicentennial such as the update of digital and print products associated with the John Wilkes Booth/Escape of the Assassin Trail and Eastern Shore sites. Conduct consumer research to evaluate and plan for future digital, print and place-based interpretive products.

Harriet Tubman & The Underground Railroad

Manage the Maryland Underground Railroad (UGRR) Initiative, including technical assistance for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park, Byway and National Monument in preparation for the 2017 opening of the park/byway Visitor Center. Develop partnerships with potential new Network to Freedom sites, programs and facilities to encourage nominations into the program to build our collection of recognized authentic Underground Railroad sites. Coordinate the development of the Maryland-Delaware UGRR Network to Freedom guide. Coordinate the promotion of Maryland’s Emancipation Day Jubilee events statewide through web content and promotion.

Maryland Scenic Byways

Coordinate with other State agencies on the development and marketing of the State’s collection of Maryland and America’s byways, including international marketing efforts in conjunction with Capital Region USA and Brand USA.  View Maryland’s Scenic Byways at

Fish and Hunt Maryland

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