Tubman Byway Initiative expands into Kent County
KENT COUNTY, Del. – The Tubman Byway Initiative has expand to Kent County with an aim at turning tourism revenue into business opportunities for small businesses.
A partnership between the Delaware Department of Transportation, the U.S. Small Business Administration and several local community groups, The Tubman Byway Initiative encourages tourists traveling the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway to patronize local businesses by offering coupons and tourist discovery areas within local retail stores.
The four shops chosen to participate in the program are Camden Main Street Shops Delaware Bay Trading Company, General Lockwood’s Coffee House, Yarn and Bone Pet Supply Company as well as Knight’s Fine Jewelry. Additionally, the companies will receive emblems signifying them as a participant in the initiative and will be eligible for grants associated with the program.
The byway marks the 95-mile stretch of the Underground Railroad – from the Maryland line near Sandtown through Wilmington – where Harriet Tubman is believed to have escorted as many as 70 escaped slaves on the way to freedom in Pennsylvania and beyond.
Source: Delaware Online