For Immediate Release

February 3, 2015

CONTACTS:

CARDIN: Sue Walitsky 202-224-4524/Tim Zink 410-962-4436

HARRIS: Shelby Hodgkins 202-225-5311

*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***

Cardin, Harris to be Joined by Federal, State and Local Officials to Celebrate Creation of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park  

New park near Tubman’s birthplace on Maryland Eastern Shore will explore her early life as a slave, escape to freedom, heroic acts leading others to safety

Saturday, February 7 at 11:30 AM, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, U.S. Representative Andy Harris, Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley and senior officials from the Department of the Interior will join community members in Cambridge, Md.,to celebrate the creation of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park.

The new national historical park in Maryland will trace Tubman’s early life on the Eastern Shore, where she was born and later escaped from slavery to become one of the leaders on the Underground Railroad. Recent legislation honoring Tubman also established a national historical park in Auburn, N.Y., to commemorate the later years of Tubman’s life when she was active in the women’s suffrage movement and in providing for the welfare of aged African Americans. In 2013, President Barack Obama established the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, setting the stage for National Historical Park designation.

Together, the national historical park and monument will preserve the unique landscape associated with Harriet Tubman’s life on the Eastern Shore and her legacy as the most famous “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. The park is also expected to increase tourism, create jobs and strengthen Dorchester County’s local economy. In 2010, tourism represented one-fifth of Dorchester County’s employment, generating more than $132 million for the local economy.

WHAT:          Celebration of the New Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park

WHO:            U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

                        Congressman Andy Harris

                        Victoria Jackson-Stanley, Mayor of Cambridge

                        Department of the Interior

Community Members                

WHEN:          11:30 AM    

WHERE:        Harriet Tubman Museum, 424 Race Street, Cambridge, Md.  

HOW:            Media are requested to RSVP to Sue Walitskysue_walitsky@cardin.senate.gov