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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, near Church Creek, Maryland (NPS) During February, Black History Month, the National Park Service helps celebrate more than 400 years of African American history. Events highlight the achievements, contributions and historical journeys of African Americans through American history. The National Park Foundation encourages explorations into our nation’s history and culture by visiting significant or little known historical places. Martin Luther King Jr. National Monument (NPS/ Bill Shugarts) Near the Lincoln Memorial, just off the reflecting pool on the National Mall, sits the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The shaded area honors King, the movement he led, and his message of freedom and equality. “Through his powerful gift of speech and eloquent writing, Dr. King’s inspiring words broke the boundaries of intolerance and solidified his place in history as a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement,” states the National Park Foundation. Dedicated in 2011, “[T]he memorial design references Dr. King’s 1963 iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, symbolizing both the struggle of the civil rights movement, as well as his hope for a better future.” A wall of quotes from Dr. King’s civil rights career “presents his ideals of peace, democracy, justice, and love. Walk in the steps of this civil rights leader and experience his story in national parks year-round.” The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center (NPS/ Beth Parnicza) “Harriet Tubman was a deeply spiritual woman who lived her ideals and dedicated her life to freedom,” says the National Park Service. […]