Harriet Tubman Day: 7 Activities to Engage With Your Friends

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Harriet Tubman Day is an American holiday marked in honor of Harriet Tubman, a black anti-slavery activist. The celebration is observed on March 10 every year across the United States, especially in New York and Maryland, two US states, which have great importance in the life of the activist. 

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As the entire nation honors her fight against slavery during and after the Civil War, here are seven activities you can perform with your friends to mark the special day. 

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Visit Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Harriet Tubman Day: 7 Activities to Engage With Your Friends
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The most common way to celebrate this day is to go to Church Creek, MD, Harriet’s birthplace. While in the place, take a tour around the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park and learn about the routes and network of the safe houses the hero used to lead slaves to safe places. 

You should also visit the Isaac Mason Trail, and learn about the cultural undergirding of African American music that helped inspire the black people to fight for freedom

Get Creative

Another way to celebrate Harriet Tubman Day is to organize a kind of crafts session, where you and your friends will create things inspired by Harriet Tubman’s legacy. You guys could design posters that highlight her special quotes or develop artwork that shows the important moments in her life. 

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Engage Your Friends in a Book Discussion

Gather your friends and pick a book about Harriet Tubman’s life and achievements, read and discuss the book together. Any book about the life of Harriet Tubman written by Janice Curtis Greene, a professional African American storyteller can be a great option. Additionally, you can check Amazon for Harriet Tubman’s biography or other good books about her.

R and discuss the book’s portrayal of her character, achievements, and experiences, including when she was a nurse, spy, and conductor at the Underground Railroad. This activity will you guys learn more about Harriet.

Discuss the History of Spirituals

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Harriet Tubman used ‘Go Down, Moses,’ a spiritual to identify herself to black slaves who wanted to flee north. So, one of the amazing ways to mark Harriet Tuman Day is to listen and discuss the spirituals that the black enslaved people sang during the Civil War era.  

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You and your friends could learn about how the songs served as coded messages for escape routes and a source of hope and strength for those seeking freedom. Besides discussing these songs with your friends, you can also share your thoughts regarding them on your social media handles and encourage your friends to do the same.

Host a Harriet Tubman Trivia Night

You can’t tell how much you know about a particular subject without testing your knowledge. So, you can celebrate Harriet Tubman Day by testing your knowledge about the activist life and the Underground Railroad. And the most common way to do it is by hosting a trivia night with your friends.

Believe me, it’s certainly an entertaining and educative way to learn about this crucial era in American history. If you’re not sure about how to go about hosting it, you check on Amazon to find books that can guide you through the process. 

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Attend a Community Event

Many communities across the United States organize events to mark this special national holiday. Look for any of the events and attend. You could attend movie screenings, lecture series, or even panel discussions to learn from people who are more informed about the topic. Additionally, attending a community event will also make it possible for you to connect and engage with a broader community. 

Witness Living History Interpretations

Harriet Tubman Day: 7 Activities to Engage With Your Friends
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Historical sites, such as the Philadelphia Free Quaker Society and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park in Dorchester County are the places you can witness the living history interpretations. So, simply visit these sites with your friends on March 10. 

The artwork that you’ll find in those places will give you a clear picture of what the life of Harriet Tubman and the slaves she helped looked like at that time. And you’re likely to remember the things you see and touch compared to what you read in a book. 

Harriet Tubman Day is an important celebration that African Americans should mark.  So, let 10 March be a day that you honor Harriet Tubman and many other black people who fought for the freedom of the black race in the face of immense bondage. You can also promote the celebration by wearing a branded T-shirt that you can easily order from Amazon

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Uchenna Agwu
Uchenna Agwu
Hi there! I’m Uchenna Agwu, and I love to write. When I’m not writing, you can usually find me reading books or watching documentaries (I’m a bit of a nerd). But I also like to get out and explore – whether that means going on hikes or checking out new restaurants.

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