Harriet Tubman: Solider of Freedom

Born into slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 1822, Harriet Tubman – originally named Araminta by her parents, she adopted the name Harriet upon her 1844 marriage to John Tubman – escaped to her freedom in 1849. Tubman spent the next ten years making 13 trips into Maryland to rescue her family and giving instructions to approximately 70 more enslaved people who escaped to freedom with her guidance.

Stand Where Heroes Stood

Our national parks provide these types of opportunities for all of us, opportunities to stand where heroes stood.

Join us as we stand in the places where leaders made history – understand the impacts of their work, their determination, and their ingenuity. From Harriet Tubman, whose lifelong commitment to freedom and equality inspired a nation to the Buffalo Soldiers who served as some of the first park rangers in Yosemite National Park to the jazz legends who transformed the music world in New Orleans, these stories come alive in national parks and showcase how the past reverberates through time.

A visitor looks out over Stewart's Canal at dusk
There’s something so powerful about experiencing history exactly where it happened. Our national parks give us a chance to learn about our past and reflect on the leaders whose visions carried us into the present.
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The Grit & Passion of Park Trail Crews

Through its support of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC), the National Park Foundation provides funds to hire youth and returning veterans as part of service groups. These trail crew members get hands-on job training while undertaking essential conservation projects in public lands. They learn a range of new skills including those needed to accomplish conservation and preservation projects, tricks for thriving in the backcountry, and interpersonal skills that ensure the team’s success.


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