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Trail honoring freedom fighter Harriet Tubman gains notice

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/28/2017 By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press
This May 16, 2017 photo shows the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Church Creek, Md. The Harriet Tubman Byway on Maryland's Eastern Shore was designed to help bring to life the famed abolitionist. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) © The Associated Press This May 16, 2017 photo shows the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Church Creek, Md. The Harriet Tubman Byway on Maryland's Eastern Shore was designed to help bring to life the famed abolitionist. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

PRESTON, Md. (AP) — As Harriet Tubman's role in the fight against slavery gains new appreciation in the nation and world, a historic trail in Maryland has been getting more attention.

In this May 25, 2017 photo, moonlight reflects off of wetlands along the Choptank River in Caroline County, Md. The Choptank and other waterways on Maryland's Eastern Shore played crucial roles in Harriet Tubman's life and the Underground Railroad, both for transportation and as conduits of information. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) © The Associated Press In this May 25, 2017 photo, moonlight reflects off of wetlands along the Choptank River in Caroline County, Md. The Choptank and other waterways on Maryland's Eastern Shore played crucial roles in Harriet Tubman's life and the Underground Railroad, both for transportation and as conduits of information. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A new $21 million visitor's center for the 125-mile Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway opened in March, not far from her Maryland birthplace. Plans to put Tubman on the $20 bill have received prominent attention. This year, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution's new National Museum of American History and Culture in Washington acquired a rare photograph of Tubman in her late 40s.

In this May 12, 2017 photo, trees tower above a dirt road leading to what historians believe is the site of Harriet Tubman's birth in Dorchester County, Md. Like some other stops on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, the site itself is on private land and inaccessible to the public, and no structures tied to Tubman remain. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) © The Associated Press In this May 12, 2017 photo, trees tower above a dirt road leading to what historians believe is the site of Harriet Tubman's birth in Dorchester County, Md. Like some other stops on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, the site itself is on private land and inaccessible to the public, and no structures tied to Tubman remain. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Tubman escaped from slavery in antebellum Maryland to become a leading abolitionist. She helped other slaves escape by guiding them north on the Underground Railroad and served as a Union spy during the Civil War.

In this May 25, 2017 photo, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley poses for a photograph outside the Dorchester County Courthouse in Cambridge, Md., a stop on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. "This is just an opportunity for the world to know that Harriet has been a major part of our history in the United States of America," said Jackson-Stanley, the first black woman to be elected mayor of Cambridge, not far from where Tubman was born and raised a slave and where race riots broke out 50 years ago. "She's a local home girl, as I like to say, but she's an icon for freedom and a supporter of the women's suffrage movement." (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

In this May 25, 2017 photo, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley poses for a photograph outside the Dorchester County Courthouse in Cambridge, Md., a stop on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. "This is just an opportunity for the world to know that Harriet has been a major part of our history in the United States of America," said Jackson-Stanley, the first black woman to be elected mayor of Cambridge, not far from where Tubman was born and raised a slave and where race riots broke out 50 years ago. "She's a local home girl, as I like to say, but she's an icon for freedom and a supporter of the women's suffrage movement." (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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