The Harriet Fast

January 3, 2020 - After deep prayer, HR 1242 Resilience Project President, Don Victor Mooney, a devout Catholic, begins a spiritual fast, which he's calling "The Harriet Fast". He expects to culminate the fast on March 10. "Miraculous things happen during fasting. I'm praying for increase humility, wisdom, knowledge, and confidence. I invite others to fast and pray during this period, said Mooney."

During Mooney's 4th try to row across the Atlantic Ocean, he was compelled to fast because of limited food supply. 129 days later, he arrived in St. Martin (F.W.I) with a seventy-pound weight loss. With the support of US Embassy, recovering at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Mooney said, "I'm weak, but my faith is on fire." 


Jewish conductors for Underground Railroad

January 3, 2020 ( - One important stop on the Underground Railroad was the home of a Jewish couple, August and Henrietta Bondi, in Greeley, Kansas. Their home became a refuge for slaves, and the Bondis worked tirelessly, as Jews, to oppose the horror of slavery. These abolitionists deserve to also have their courageous acts told, said Don Victor Mooney, President of HR 1242 Resilience Project. 


Mooney seeks legislation to rename the Virginia Inside Passage in honor of Tubman

January 1, 2020 (Shore Daily News) - In an effort to establish the Harriet Tubman Waterway Act, which calls for renaming the Virginia Inside Passage in honor of Harriet Tubman, Don Victor Mooney handed off proposed legislation to the offices of Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Delaware; Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Virginia; and Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, who represent parts of the Delmarva Peninsula. 

Eastern Shore communities of Chincoteague and Wachapreague were crucial partners for Mooney's navigation in Virginia Inside Passage, after he crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Africa en route to New York.


Auburn group contributes to effort to Tubman renaming effort

December 31, 2019 (Auburn Citizen) - The Harriet Tubman Boosters, of Auburn, have contributed $200 to an effort to rename the Virginia Inside Passage after the abolitionist. The passage, located along the eastern shore of the Delmarva Peninsula that connects Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, was a corridor for freedom during the years of slavery. Tubman used the passageway to lead others to freedom, which inspired the effort to rename it the Harriet Tubman Waterway. 


Oarsome strenght of Harriet Tubman

December 24, 2019 -  Harriet Tubman was a fearless strong woman,  who wasn’t afraid to row her way with others to freedom. Explore the many historical attractions that chronicles Harriet "Moses" Tubman in Dorchester County, Maryland to her final resting place in Auburn, New York. Harriet and Martin Luther King, Jr., both had a dream that was embedded on resilience, faith, healing, and partnership.

Mural Artist:  “Take My Hand,” by Michael Rosato 


The Citizen's 2019 portrait photos of the year

December 23, 2019 (Auburn Citizen) - Don Victor Mooney, president of the H.R. 1242 Resilience Project, which celebrates African-American history, presents a stone Mooney retrieved from the House of Slaves - a stopover for trade ships taking slaves to America - on Goree Island, Senegal at Harriet Tubman's grave site in Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, New York. 

Photo by  Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen