Senator Mikulski Announces Funds for Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Dorchester County

Park will honor legacy of Harriet Tubman; support tourism jobs on the Eastern Shore

CAMBRIDGE, MD – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today announced $462,650 in federal funding for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Dorchester County. The funds were included in the fiscal year 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. Senator Mikulski also announced she has requested $500,000 in this year’s annual transportation and housing funding bill to continue work on the Park.

“Harriet Tubman was a courageous fighter who delivered hundreds of slaves to freedom on her Underground Railroad,” Senator Mikulski said. “She was tireless in her commitment to fight for those who could not fight themselves. I am proud to announce funds for this Park to honor her memory.”

These funds will be used to design and construct the Park’s visitor center and recreational facilities, including a memorial garden with informational exhibits, walking paths, bike facilities, an access road, parking for buses and cars, and well and wastewater treatment.

Once complete, the new historical park is expected to attract an additional 200,000 visitors to the area each year, supporting tourism jobs on the Eastern Shore. Tourism is the fourth largest industry in Maryland.

 “Part of freedom is economic opportunity and security,” Senator Mikulski said. “This park is also about creating and sustaining jobs on the Eastern Shore.”

 Senator Mikulski, Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and Congressman Frank Kratovil, Jr., (all D-Md.) worked together to put the funds in the federal checkbook. In addition to the funds announced today, they won $475,000 for the project in fiscal year 2009, bringing the total in federal funds for the project to almost $1 million to date.

Senator Mikulski is a co-sponsor of the The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park and The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park Act, which when passed will officially establish this park within the National Park Service to honor the life of Harriet Ross Tubman, the most famous “conductor” of the anti-slavery resistance network known as the Underground Railroad.

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress,” Senator Mikulski said. “Harriet Tubman knew that, and so do I. Her legacy continues to inspire me and I am proud to fight every day for the freedom and equality she dedicated her life to.”

Harriet Tubman was born in Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. At the age of 27, she escaped from slavery and created the Underground Railroad, helping slaves travel northward to freedom. After the Civil War, she settled in Auburn, New York, where the Harriet Tubman Historical National Park has been created in her honor.

Click here to to to press release on Senator’ Mikulski’s web site.

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One Response to Senator Mikulski Announces Funds for Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Dorchester County

  1. Mel Waddy says:

    We are very interested in inviting you to our next performance of “The Resurrection of General Harriet Tubman for Literacy” which is running in the New York Areas during January through March 2011. We would like for you to speak on March 10th 2011 at this performance in honor of this true patriot. We will be requesting a proclamation for her day for Flying Geese Productions possibly at her statute in Harlem. Please get back to me as soon as possible to continue planning this event.

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