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Author and storyteller Jim Duffy of Secrets of the Eastern Shore will tell true-life tales about “Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva” in a presentation and discussion at the St. Michaels (Md.) Public Library on Monday, Feb. 3. The presentation is based on Duffy’s book, Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva.

Part of the Lunch & Learn series, the event begins at noon in the meeting room of the library, 106 Fremont Street. There is no admission fee. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. Coffee and desserts will be available.

Duffy has given presentations on local history and culture topics in dozens of towns up and down the Delmarva Peninsula in recent years. In the “Underground Railroads Journeys” talk, he shares keystone stories of enslaved people who made their way to freedom on journeys through Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He also discusses the life lessons he learned and key discoveries he made while researching and writing the book.

The presentation will touch on the most famous champions of freedom from here on Delmarva, Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, as well as on a number of other, lesser-known heroes of the Underground Railroad in the region. A book signing will follow the talk. Copies of Tubman Travels and Duffy’s other books will be available after the talk.

An award-winning writer, Duffy is co-founder of Secrets of the Eastern Shore, a homegrown business based in Cambridge, Md. that celebrates the Delmarva Peninsula in stories, photographs, and products. Its mission is to inspire people to explore the peninsula and appreciate the incredible things that have happened in its towns, on its farms, and along its waterways over the centuries.

 

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