Ranger Angela Crenshaw will share the story of Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, on the anniversary of her first flight to freedom which took place September 17, 1849. The program will feature the role of faith, family, community and nature in Tubman’s life’s work. September is celebrated as Underground Railroad Month, and 2022 is the bicentennial year of Tubman’s birth.
From 10 am. Until 2 p.m., before and after the 11 a.m. presentation, visitors may enjoy tours of the historic church (c. 1828) and may view the Museum of the Ironworker, across the street, or follow the nearby African American Cemetery Trail. The trail starts at the remains of the Catoctin Iron Furnace, which is a designated site on the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The event is co-sponsored by Harriet Chapel (Catoctin Episcopal Parish) and the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society.
About the speaker: Ranger Crenshaw leads the Maryland Park Service’s Interpreting Difficult Histories Team. Currently assigned to Rocks State Park, in 2017 became Assistant Manager of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park in Church Creek, Maryland. There, she excelled at guiding her staff on their journey to becoming effective interpreters of the difficult topic of American Slavery. Her career with the Maryland Park Service also includes service at Elk Neck and Gunpowder Falls State Parks. She frequently works with such groups as Outdoor Afro, GirlTrek, and Girl Scouts, inspiring others through Tubman’s example of inner strength, indomitable spirit and will. Ranger Crenshaw holds a Master’s Degree in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware.