Created By: Kennett Underground Railroad Center
2120 South Willow Street. Kennett Square
In 2010, local businessman Darryl Hall commissioned the mural depicting Harriet Tubman leading freedom seekers. Names on the mural commemorate local abolitionists.
Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland. In 1849 she successfully escaped the plantation where she was enslaved. She then determined to help others. She walked over 100 miles from Wilmington, DE to the Eastern Shore of Maryland to guide others to freedom including her parents, brothers and members of her extended family. Tubman carried a gun for protection and was known to threaten anyone in the party who changed his or her mind and wanted to go back! Referred to as the ‘Moses of her people’, Tubman led between 12 to 19 missions to guide 100-300 people to freedom. She worked in hotels to raise money for her journeys. Local abolitionists assisted her in her endeavors, including Thomas Garrett often.
During the Civil War, Harriet Tubman served as a Union nurse, cook, and later as an armed guide and spy. After the war she settled in New York State and died in 1913.
• LEFT from parking lot onto Willow. Left onto E. State St. Proceed .3 mile to Union St (PA Rt. 82)north.
• RIGHT onto Union. .
• first RIGHT onto East Linden Street
This point of interest is part of the tour: The Underground Railroad Story in Kennett Square, Chester County, PA