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.
Wherever there 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. History doesn't record Harriet Tubman taking this route. This waterway will also honor the abolitionists and Native Americans who gave refuge to the enslaved Africans along the way.
There are no appropriations needed from Congress for the 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.
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