Washington, DC (The Capital) - HR 1242 Resilience Project hand-delivered proposed legislation to US Congressional Members on December 11, 2019. This legislation would establish the Harriet Tubman Waterway Act, which calls for the renaming of Virginia Inside Passage in honor of Harriet Tubman.
The Virginia Inside Passage, along with several bays located in 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 and Philadelphia, knew the area, mastered the elements, and never lost a passenger. The mouth of this waterway begins at the Chesapeake Bay, which was the entry point of many slave ships arriving from West Africa.
Harriet Tubman was an abolitionist, humanitarian, women's rights advocate, and conductor for The Underground Railroad is a historical icon that embodies the spirit of resilience. We need your support in getting this bill on the floor of the House of Representatives and ultimately passed.
Harriet Tubman, born in Dorchester County, Maryland, was the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad. In a decade she guided over 300 slaves to freedom; abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison thought she deserved the nickname “Moses”. She worked hard to save money to return and save more slaves. In time she built a reputation and many Underground Railroad supporters provided her with funds and shelter to support her trips.
During the Civil War, Tubman served as a nurse, cook, laundress, spy and scout. After the Emancipation Proclamation she returned to Auburn, where she lived the rest of her life. She opened her doors to those in need. With donations and the proceeds of her vegetable garden she was able to support herself and those she helped. She raised money to open schools for African Americans and gave speeches on Women’s rights. Her dream was to built a home for the elderly and in 1908 the Harriet Tubman Home for the Elderly was inaugurated in Auburn, New York.
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