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Sarbanes Joins President at Ceremony to Establish Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument
Congressman applauds President’s signature of proclamation honoring Harriet Tubman
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today attended a White House ceremony where President Obama signed a proclamation to officially establish the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
“This monument is a fitting tribute to one of Maryland’s greatest heroes,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “Harriet Tubman refused to stand still in the face of injustice and risked her safety so that others might find their way to freedom. As Marylanders, we are proud of her roots in our state and are honored to tell her story of bravery and courage.”
With the President’s proclamation, land designated by Governor Martin O’Malley for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park, along with the home of Jacob Jackson, will be protected from development.
Congressman Sarbanes is an original cosponsor of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act, which would establish two national historical parks – one in Maryland and one in New York – to honor the legacy of Harriet Tubman and the incredible feat she took on with the Underground Railroad. The national historical park in Maryland would be anchored by the monument established by the President today.
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