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.  


On behalf of Rep. Elaina Luria (Virginia), Congressional Research Services is undergoing an analysis on renaming the Virginia Inside Passage to Harriet Tubman Waterway. 


Wherever their was a waterway, it was an escape route for the enslaved. The Virginia Inside Passage, along with several bays located in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware was the corridor for freedom along the Eastern Shore of Delmarva Peninsula and saw countless enslaved Africans take this route to emancipate themselves from the shackles of slavery. 


Harriet Tubman made 13 trips between her home in Dorchester County on the Delmarva Peninsula. The mouth of this waterway begins at the Chesapeake Bay, which was the entry point of many slave ships arriving from West Africa. 


This legislation is designed to bring a wave of healing to the United States of America. In no way is this aimed to rewrite history, but to acknowledge the past, and move our country towards the future. This waterway wil honor the enslaved who traverse this route, and the abolitionists and Native Americans who gave refuge to them along the way. 


There are no appropriations needed from Congress for the Harriet Tubman Waterway Act.

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Mr. Ivory Smith, President of Worcester County NAACP. 

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Honorable  Ted Becker, Mayor of Lewes.

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Zeta Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

She knew the terrain

"You know my name" - 19 Strong: A photo exhibit of advocates for women's suffrage movement in commemoration of Harriet Tubman Day 2020 at U.S. Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C. (3/10/20)

Harriet Tubman goes to Congress

Marylander makes history at U.S. Capitol Visitors Center for Harriet Tubman Day 

Media Coverage

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Strengthening our shared historical ties for the next generation of Jewish and African-American youth

Virginia Beach, Virginia March 29, 2020 (Jewish News) - As we confront the COVID19 pandemic, we can't drop our guard for those who aim to divide us. We must continue to be vigilant in the ugliness of antisemitism and just like Harriet Tubman, following the north star for social justice, said Don Victor Mooney, President of H.R. 1242 Resilience Project.


 H.R. 1242 Resilience Project was a proud participant in Ohef Sholom Temple MLK2020 Day commemoration. 

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Waterway renaming encouraged on Harriet Tubman Day

Lewes, Delaware March 24, 2020 (Cape Gazette) - After a meeting at the Office of Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Ms. Gwendolyn Briley-Strand made her mark on the guest book. 


In commemoration of Harriet Tubman Day March 10, internationally renowned actress Ms. Briley-Strand brought Harriet Tubman to the Halls of Congress, and she brought some passengers with her. Members of Local 1-2 of Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, Worcester County NAACP Branch, and HR 1242 Resilience Project were present to encourage Congress to introduce legislation to rename the Virginia Inside Passage as the Harriet Tubman Waterway. 

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Harriet Tubman Goes To Congress

Washington, D.C March 17, 2020 (Black PR Wire) - In commemoration of Harriet Tubman Day on March 10, internationally renowned actress, Gwendolyn Briley-Strand, brought Harriet Tubman to the Halls of Congress, and she brought some passengers with her. Local 1-2 of Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, Worcester County NAACP Branch, and HR 1242 Resilience Project were present to encourage Congress to introduce legislation to rename Virginia Inside Passage to the Harriet Tubman Waterway.

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Worcester County NAACP President ushers in Harriet Tubman Day in at U.S. Capitol Visitors Center in D.C.

Ocean City, Maryland March 17, 2020 (MyNewsDesk) - On Harriet Tubman Day, March 10, Worcester County NAACP Branch President, Mr. Ivory Smith partnered with HR 1242 Resilience Project to commemorate the Underground Conductor at U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. 


Without Harriet Tubman there would not be a woman movement today. By changing the Virginia Inside Passage to Harriet Tubman Waterway will be an honor for the women's movement today and to the African-American Women, said Worcester County NAACP Branch President, Mr. Ivory Smith.

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HURRYIET ABOUT IT! NEW LEGISLATION FOR HARRIET TUBMAN

Barbados March 17, 2020 (Bajan Reporter) In commemoration of Harriet Tubman Day on March 10, internationally renowned actress, Gwendolyn Briley-Strand, brought Harriet Tubman to the Halls of Congress to encourage Congress to introduce legislation to rename Virginia Inside Passage to the Harriet Tubman Waterway.


This legislation will also help with current environmental challenges in the Virginia Inside Passage said, Don Victor Mooney, of Queens and President of the HR 1242 Resilience Project.

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Hurryiet About it! New Legislation For Harriet Tubman

Maryland March 15, 2020 (Baltimore Times) In commemoration of Harriet Tubman Day on March 10, internationally renowned actress, Gwendolyn Briley-Strand, brought Harriet Tubman to the Halls of Congress, and she brought some passengers with her. Local 1-2 of Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, Worcester County NAACP Branch, and HR 1242 Resilience Project were present to encourage Congress to introduce legislation to rename Virginia Inside Passage to the Harriet Tubman Waterway. 

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Harriet Tubman goes to Congress

Washington, D.C March 14, 2020 (MyNewsDesk) - In commemoration of Harriet Tubman Day on March 10, internationally renowned actress, Gwendolyn Briley-Strand, brought Harriet Tubman to the Halls of Congress and some passengers with her.


On September 24, 2016, Ms. Bripassengersley-Strand was given the honor of introducing the President of The United States Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, and all the dignitaries and celebrities at the Grand Opening of the African American Museum Of History And Culture in Washington DC.

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Harriet Tubman Makes History At U.S. Capitol Visitors Center

March 13, 2020 Washington, D.C. (Broadway World) Shemika Berry of Accokeek, Maryland gave a history lesson to the students at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington, D.C on March 10. Berry is a former Air Force officer, actress, and makeup artist.


Just a few hours later, the Marylander made history as the first Harriet Tubman reenactor to perform at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. In the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Ms. Berry performed for the Harriet Tubman Awards for Social Justice ceremony, which symbolizes freedom, justice, and equality for women in labor.

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Marylander makes history at U.S. Capitol Visitors Center for Harriet Tubman Day

March 13, 2020 Washington, D.C. (The Southern Maryland Chronicle) Shemika Berry made history as the first Harriet Tubman reenactor to perform at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center for the Harriet Tubman Awards for Social Justice ceremony, which symbolizes freedom, justice, and equality for women in labor.


This newly created award was passed on to the honorees, so future generations of women and girls will be able to follow the north star for social justice.

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International Remembrance Day of Transatlantic Slave Trade brings Harriet Tubman tribute to forefront

New York (March 25, 2020) - While a grassroots efforts is underway to encourage the Congress Black Caucus and others to embrace renaming of Virginia Inside Passage to Harriet Tubman Waterway, America pauses for the annual United Nations International Remembrance Day for Transatlantic Slave Trade.


We must used this day to remember our ancestors and fight against the wake of racism and the coronavirus, said Don Victor Mooney, first African-American to row across the Atlantic Ocean and current president of H.R. 1242 Resilience Project.

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Keep following the North Star for Social Justice

Washington, D.C. (March 12, 2020) - H.R. 1242 Resilience Project thanks U.S. Senator Kamala Harris support for Harriet Tubman Day at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center on March 10, a first in the history of the United States of America.


We also want to express our warmest appreciations to members of the House of Representatives + U.S. Senators that communicated with our team prior to the event and for the short duration we had on March 10, opened their doors to listen. We thank-you and look forward to building this coalition with you all -  Don Victor Mooney, President of H.R.1242 Resilience Project.

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Marylander makes history at U.S. Capitol Visitors Center for Harriet Tubman Day 2020

Washington, D.C. (March 11, 2020) - Shemika Berry of Accokeek, Maryland gave a history lesson to the students at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington, D.C on March 10. Berry is a former Air Force officer, actress, and makeup artist. 


Just a few hours later, the Marylander made history as the first Harriet Tubman reenactor to perform at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. In the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Ms. Berry performed for the Harriet Tubman Awards for Social Justice ceremony, which symbolizes freedom, justice, and equality for women in labor

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Harriet Tubman Awards for Social Justice

Washington, D.C. (March 11, 2020) -  The Harriet Tubman Award for Social Justice, which symbolizes freedom, justice, and equality were launched to honor women in labor. These strong women came from The Teamsters, UNITE HERE!, Utility Workers of America, SEIU, AFSCME, and American Federation of Teachers. 


This newly created award has been passed on to the honorees so future generations of women and girls will be able to follow the north star for social justice.  

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International Award for a Woman in Government

Washington, D.C. (March 11, 2020) - The International Woman in Government  Award, a newly created honor for Harriet Tubman Day, was accepted by Charge de Affairs, from Republic of Equatorial Guinea Embassy to the United States. 


Her Excellency, Teresa Efua Asangono, is the President of the Senate in Equatorial Guinea. She continues to be a beacon of hope for women and girls on the African continent. 

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Auburn airlifts special delivery for Harriet Tubman Day 2020 to Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. and Auburn, New York - Cayuga County Tourism, Gretchen Confections, and UNITE HERE! Local 25, the union of hospitality workers in the Washington metropolitan area, partnered together for the delivery of Harriet Tubman Truffles for the Harriet Tubman Day reception in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, a first in American history for the spy, nurse, civil war hero, suffragist, and conductor for the Underground Railroad. 

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Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, Harriet Tubman, NAACP & H.R. 1242 Resilience Project have a meeting with U.S. Senator Tom Carper of Delaware

March 11, 2020 (Washington, DC) - Utility Workers of America, AFL-CIO, Local 1-2, Mr. Darryl K. Taylor, Senior Business Agent, was joined by top officials in support of Valerie King, National Rep-National Organizer, and honoree for Harriet Tubman Award for Social Justice.


We are in the middle of contract talks, we just had to adjust our schedule for a few hours. This day is important for labor, said Taylor.

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UNITE HERE! Local 25 responds to call for a special delivery for Harriet Tubman Day in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. (March 10, 2020) - H.R. 1242 Resilience Project needed a recipient for the Harriet Tubman Truffles for Harriet Tubman Day event at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Centers. H.R. 1242 reached out to many, but came up short. Then, Don Victor Mooney, placed a called to UNITE HERE! Local 25, President, Linda Martin. Before a minute went by, she said do you have our address.


Ms. Martin's goal for the union: to continue to educate, organize, and empower our membership as well as non members to have a voice in the work place. 

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H.R. 1242 Resilience Project commends nutritionist & support team at Harriet Tubman Elementary School

March 11, 2020 (Washington, DC) -  School lunch is critical to student health and well-being, especially for low-income students—and ensures that students have nutrition they need throughout the day to learn. 


Research shows that receiving free or reduced-price school lunches reduces food insecurity, obesity rates, and poor health. In addition, the new school meal nutrition standards are having a positive impact on student food selection and consumption, especially for fruits and vegetables. 

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DC kids to begin a letter-writing campaign in support for Harriet Tubman Waterway Act

March 11, 2020 (Washington, D.C.) - The students of Harriet Tubman Elementary School were delighted to have Ms. Shemika Berry, a Harriet Tubman reenactor, Mr. Ivory Smith, President of Worcester NAACP Branch in Maryland, and Don Victor Mooney, President of H.R. 1242 Resilience Project visit their school on March 10.


At the end of Mooney's talk to never give up, the students offered to begin a letter writing campaign in support of Harriet Tubman Waterway Act.

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H.R. 1242 Resilience Project visits Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

March 11, 2020 (Washington, DC)  - Ms. Shemika Berry, Harriet Tubman reenactor, Mr. Ivory Smith, President of Worcester County Branch of NAACP, and H.R. 1242 Resilience Project, President Don Victor Mooney visited Tubman Elementary School to encourage the students to follow the north star in purusit of their dreams. The group was recieved by school officials.


Tubman Elementary School is a public elementary school, named after Harriet Tubman and is under the jurisdiction of the District of Columbia Public Schools. 

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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.