Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

BIA’s Landscape Architecture group teamed with Riggs Ward, an award-winning exhibit and graphic design firm, to design byway markers for the Dorchester County Department of Tourism along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway on Maryland's Eastern Shore.  About 125 miles long, the byway winds through Dorchester and Caroline Counties, following closely a route used by Ms. Tubman as she brought escaped slaves northward to freedom through a secret  network of roads, waterways, trails, and hiding places.  The project involves the design of six-foot-tall, four-sided  informative signs to be placed at 22 sites along the byway, a marker at the future Harriet Tubman Museum, three 12-foot orientation markers, and several directional signs.  BIA’s role is site layout and design for the byway signs.  Other team members include historian Cheryl LaRoche and Heritage Strategies, LLC.