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.

Local partners for 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