There was such a glory over everything; the sun came like gold through trees, and over the fields, and I felt like I was in Heaven”. ~ Harriet Tubman
There couldn’t have been a more opportune time than at the conclusion of Thanksgiving weekend to visit a place in the woods where my parents are now memorialized with a bench in their honor.
One of my parent’s favorite adages “You can not direct the wind but you can adjust the sails.“
The commemorative seat will give a resting spot for sojourners for many, many years to come inside the boundaries of the 29,000 acre Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, property of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Appropriately, the bench is along the Tubman Road Trail which is adjacent to the land where the new Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center is located in Church Creek, Maryland. A visit to this note-worthy museum will greatly enhance your understanding of the Underground Rail Road and the woman who helped free hundreds of slaves.
Mom and Dad would be so honored because in their own small way they provided freedom and a place at our family table for an African-American woman for 40+ years, when they rescued her from living life in an institution where she did not belong. She was so very, very dear to our family and the most memorable character in the award-winning memoir Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected.
My two brothers, sister and I and our families wish to extend our gratefulness to other family and neighbors and friends at Blackwater Wildlife Refuge who contributed to make the memorial bench happen.