Rename Virginia Inside Passage to Harriet Tubman Inside Waterway

Harriet Tubman was a Civil War spy, scout and nurse, an abolitionist, a suffragist and a hero called “Moses” for her strength and her grit as a conductor for The Underground Railroad is a historical icon that embodies the spirit of resilience. The Virginia Inside Passage was a corridor for freedom along the Eastern Shore of Delmarva Peninsula, which saw countless enslaved Africans take this route to emancipate themselves from the shackles of slavery. Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King, Jr. knew that freedom, justice, education, and equality is an inalienable right. Join this movement in honoring one of America's freedom fighters for human rights.


Local partners for Harriet Tubman Waterway Act







Mr. Ivory Smith, President of Worcester County NAACP. 


Honorable  Ted Becker, Mayor of Lewes.


Zeta Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.


The Honorable  Sheree Sample-Hughes,  Speaker pro tempore of the Maryland House of Delegates.


Rev. John Moore, Director of Philanthropy and Engagement at United Way of Delaware.


Reverend Vernon L. Ricks, Sr., Pastor, Saint John’s African Methodist Episcopal Church. 


The Honorable Victoria Jackson Stanley, Mayor of Cambridge, Maryland.


Ms. Linda Miller, Community Advocate & Co-Coordinator of MLK Lewes, Delaware Parade.


Ms. Goldman, Community Advocate & member of Ohef Sholom Temple.

MLK Day 2020: Teamwork makes the dreamwork, Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland 

MLK Day 2020: What Harriet Tubman means to me? Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland 

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Harriet Tubman Strawberry Stroll recommended for Harriet Tubman Day at U.S. Capitol

February 19, 2020 (Cayuga County, New York) - HR 1242 Resilience Project began canvassing the culinary specialties of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and New York in preparation of Harriet Tubman Day. The Cayuga Tourism Board shared the Harriet Tubman Strawberry Stroll, which is an annual event in Auburn organized by The Harriet Tubman Boosters that celebrates Harriet Tubman through one of her favorite treats. 

The Senate and House of Representatives designated Harriet Tubman Day (March 10) to be observed by the people of the United States with appropriate ceremonies and activities.


NAACP Maryland State Conference President lends support for Harriet Tubman Waterway

February 17, 2020 (Baltimore, Maryland) - In an email exchange with HR 1242 Resilience Project, President, Don Victor Mooney, NAACP Maryland State Conference President, Mr. Willie Flowers conveyed his support for the Harriet Tubman Waterway Act, which calls for the renaming of the Virginia Inside Passage in honor of Harriet Tubman.

It's truly a humbling feeling to have the support of a living freedom fighter for civil rights, said Mooney.


Office of Senator Kamala Harris steps in for Harriet Tubman Day on the US Capital

February 13, 2020 (Washington, DC) -  HR 1242 Resilience Project reached out to many members in both chambers yesterday. The great news that evolved from our outreach, the Office of Senator Kamala Harris (California), is making a request to their House Manager on our behalf to host this event in the Senate building on March 10.

It's our hope again to share the legacy of Harriet Tubman, and the many women that championed the Suffrage Movement and showcase the culinary beauty of the Delmarva Peninsula and Auburn, New York, both stopping grounds for the underground railroad


HR 1242 Resilience Project honors women's suffrage

February 8, 2020 (New York, New York) - Often overlooked, HR 1242 Resilience Project has begun highlighting the resilience of African-American women pursuit for the right to vote via their social media platforms. Harriet Tubman was one of many women that pursued this inalienable right. 

During the 19th and 20th centuries, Black women played an active role in the struggle for universal suffrage. They participated in political meetings and organized political societies. African American women attended political conventions at their local churches where they planned strategies to gain the right to vote.  


Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. responds to fire at the historic Catedral Malabo in Equatorial Guinea

February 7, 2020 (Washington, DC) - In the wake of the devestating fire that damaged part of the historic Catedral Malabo in Equatorial Guinea, the Archbishop of Washington, D.C., Most Rev. Wilton Gregory, sends a pastoral letter for Most Rev. Juan Nsue Edang, Archbishop of Malabo. 

Catedral Malabo construction began in 1897. The architect of the monument was Luis Segarra Llairadó, and was inaugurated in 1916.


Harriet Tubman Day on the U.S. Capital

February 6, 2020 (Washington, DC)  - HR 1242 Resilience Project and their coalition partners will descend on Capitol Hill on March 10, 2020  to urge Congress to introduce The Harriet Tubman Waterway Act  & to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote, something Harriet strongly advocated. 

Harriet Tubman Day is an American holiday in honor of the anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman, observed on March 10 across the country.


The theme for Black History Month 2020: African-Americans and the Vote

February 3, 2020 (Washington, DC) The Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) has announced the theme for this years commemoration for Black History Month is: African-Americans and the Vote.  Recognizing the dearth of information on the accomplishments of blacks in 1915, Dr. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). 


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops responds to the fire at historic Cathedral Malabo

January 31, 2020 (Washington, DC) - Most Reverend Jose Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and President of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sent a letter to Most Reverend Juan Nsue Edjang, Archbishop of Malabo in Equatorial Guinea after Don Victor Mooney alerted authorities on the tragic fire that torched a part of this historic landmark.  

"I pray that the faithful and all appropriate parties will be generous in their financial support of the recovery efforts, said Archbishop Gomez."


Zeta Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. mobilizes for Harriet Tubman Waterway

January 30, 2020 (Hampton, Virginia) - In support of the campaign to rename Virginia Inside Passage to the Harriet Tubman Waterway,  we the men of Phi Beta Sigma are ready to step forward with our assistance, said Mr. George Nelson, Education Director.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1914, by three young African-American male students. The Founders, Hon. A. Langston Taylor, Hon. Leonard F. Morse, and Hon. Charles I. Brown wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service. 


HR 1242 Resilience Project eyes Auburn for stone dedicated to Harriet Tubman as a lasting tribute

January 30, 2020 - We envisioned a small section of outdoor space in Auburn, New York where the stone from Goree Island, Senegal would be mounted on a marble post as a perpetual tribute to Harriet Tubman, similar to an honor given to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Harlem. Goree Island was a major slave port for the transatlantic slave trade.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation in December to mark the 400 years of African American History for New York State.


HR 1242 Resilience Project Honoree receives our awards at a ceremony in Central New York

January 28, 2020 (Lyons, New York) - In a ceremony, Ms. Essie Barnes was given a citation and a kente cloth from Senegal on behalf of HR 1242 Resilience Project. New York Assemblyman Brian Manktelow nominated Ms. Barnes for 400 Years of African American History Awards at Brooklyn Bridge Park on August 17, 2019.  

Ms. Essie Barnes, now 94, was born in Georgia in 1925 and moved to Lyons in 1944. For nearly 60 years, she has been a community volunteer for numerous organizations. In 1996, she carried the Olympic Torch through Lyons. 


Office of Congresswoman Elaine Luria (D-VA) takes steps for Harriet Tubman Waterway Act

January 28, 2020 - Washington, DC - A key aide for Congresswoman Elaine Luria (D-VA) notified HR 1242 Resilience Project today that they have reached out to the Congressional Research Service (CRS) for the proposed legislation called Harriet Tubman Waterway Act.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. 


Daily Challenge (September 6, 2019) - Elected, civic leaders, labor, and law enforcement gathered with United Nations diplomats at Brooklyn's Pebble Beach to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the English colonies. The theme for the commemoration was 400 years: Resilience, Faith, Healing and Partnership. It was coordinated by HR 1242 Resilience Project President, Don Victor Mooney, who rowed from Africa to US in 2014 following one of the transatlantic slave routes, in partnership with Brooklyn Borough Hall on August 17, 2019.