Inspirational Tubman mural on new app

Artist Michael Rosato in front of his “Big Bird” mural of a great blue heron, located in Cambridge at J.M. Clayton’s crab processing plant.

CAMBRIDGE – A new audio driving tour of the Chesapeake Mural Trail on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is now available for free download via mobile app. The audio guide takes travelers on a rolling tour through scenic Dorchester County to view a series of captivating outdoor paintings that include “Take My Hand,” the recently completed Harriet Tubman mural in Cambridge that is attracting worldwide attention.

Michael Rosato, a nationally acclaimed artist and local resident whose works are included in the Smithsonian, many national park visitor centers and other museums around the country, narrates the audio guide and describes the scenes depicted in his works which include historic figures, landscapes, wildlife and working watermen from the region. For several of the paintings, Mr. Rosato shares inspirational passages from James Michener’s “Chesapeake.”

“Through the murals, I hope visitors learn a little bit about the incredible life that’s offered here on the Eastern Shore and especially in Dorchester County,” he said. “The mural trail is rich in telling that story.”
With paintings located in the towns of Cambridge, East New Market and Vienna, the tour takes approximately three hours to view the eight murals. Convenient stops for lunch to sample local seafood are offered along the way.

• African American Heritage Mural: Highlights the individuals in Cambridge’s African-American history and culture since the 1800s. Includes Harriet Tubman and civil rights leader Gloria Richardson. Overlooking Rt. 50 at Maryland Avenue.

• Big Bird: Great blue heron feasting on crabs with other aquatic life. Painted on the side of J.M. Clayton’s crab processing plant facing Cambridge Creek.

• Goose on a Caboose: Geese flying out of the marsh. Depicted on an unused railroad caboose on Maryland Avenue.

• Ode to Waterman: Watermen dredging for oysters. Painted on the side of the iconic Dorchester County Visitor Center overlooking the Choptank River at the Rt. 50 bridge.

• Take My Hand: Alongside a wooden skiff, Harriet Tubman extends a hand to join her on the journey to freedom. Appearing on the side of the Harriet Tubman Museum, 424 Race St.

East New Market
• Mason Building Mural: A train arriving at the station as passengers — including Eastern Shore native Frederick Douglass — disembark. Main Street (Rt. 16) and Railroad Ave. (Rt. 14).

• Municipal Building Mural: Trading between Native Americans and settlers. Across the street from the Mason Building Mural.

• Native American Life Mural: A timeline of local history from Native American culture to Capt. John Smith’s exploration of the Nanticoke River to colonial settlement, the Civil War period and modern times. Side of the Vienna Community Center.

Mr. Rosato’s latest work – the powerful Tubman Mural – went viral across social media in May as he put the finishing touches on the painting. Tubman was born and enslaved in Dorchester County. After escaping to freedom, she returned 13 times to rescue family members and friends with the support of the Underground Railroad.

“When you look at this mural, I wanted it to evoke a number of the words that would describe Harriet Tubman: power, strength, love, family,” he said. “There is so much to learn about Harriet Tubman. This is an incredible American icon, not just a woman, an African-American woman, but it contains all the American spirit.”

The Chesapeake Mural Trail is part of the suite of free audio tours that the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area created to showcase the unique history and culture of Dorchester County during its 350th anniversary in 2019. Additional offerings include the Downtown Cambridge Tour and The Pine Street Tour, focusing on the city’s African-American history and heritage.

Download the Tours for Free
The three tours are available for free on the same Visit Dorchester mobile phone app, which can downloaded from the Google Play Store for android devices and the App Store for iPhones (search for “Visit Dorchester”).

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