Harriet Tubman Mural.

Harriet Tubman Mural

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Cambridge, Maryland

Professional muralist Michael Rosato painted a 24-foot-wide trompe l'oeil (3-D) Harriet Tubman reaching through a brick wall, with her hand outstretched to the viewer, the North Star -- Tubman's navigational tool -- visible in the sky behind her.Tubman was born in the same county as Cambridge and lived in slavery for more than 25 years. According to Rosato, the mural is based on a true story: Tubman's niece and nephew were being sold at the Cambridge courthouse, but the prospective buyers went to lunch. Tubman walked the two to the waterfront, put them on a rowboat, rowed it across the Choptank River, and then kept going until they were free.

Visitors like to pose as if they're holding Tubman's outstretched hand. The mural was so popular when it was completed in May 2019 that it appeared twice in one week on the Today Show.

Harriet Tubman Mural

Harriet Tubman Museum

Address:
424 Race St., Cambridge, MD
Directions:
On the back wall of the Harriet Tubman Museum. From US-50, just south of the bridge, turn east at the stoplight onto Maryland Ave. Drive until you cross a little bridge, then turn left at the next stoplight onto Academy St. Drive a hundred yards. Turn right into the parking lot at the Don Chuy restaurant and Jubilee Christian Fellowship sign. The mural is on the back wall of the building straight ahead.
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