March 16, 2010


WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today praised unanimous Senate passage of a resolution honoring the life, heroism and service of Harriet Ross Tubman, the most famous "conductor" of the anti-slavery resistance network known as the Underground Railroad.  


Harriet Tubman was born in Dorchester County , Maryland , where she spent nearly 30 years as a slave.   She escaped slavery in 1849, but returned for more than 10 years to Dorchester and Caroline counties where she led hundreds of African Americans to freedom.  Known as "Moses" by African-American and white abolitionists, she reportedly never lost a "passenger" on the Underground Railroad.


"Harriet Tubman was a true American patriot, and today's Senate Resolution is another way for our nation to express its appreciation of her courage and leadership in the struggle for liberty and freedom," said Senator Cardin.   "For her, those concepts were very real -- she lived them and dedicated herself to making sure that hundreds of others also experienced what it meant to be free."


"Harriet Tubman was a courageous fighter who delivered 300 slaves to freedom on her Underground Railroad and was tireless in her commitment to fight for those who could not fight themselves.  I am proud the Senate has come together to pass this resolution honoring her memory," Senator Mikulski said.  "If there is no struggle, there is no progress.  Harriet Tubman knew that, and so do I.   Her legacy continues to inspire me and I am proud to fight every day for the freedom and equality she dedicated her life to."


In 2009, Senators Cardin and Mikulski joined Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand (both D-NY) in introducing The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park and The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park Act. The legislation would establish two parks, one in Maryland and one in New York . The National Historical Park in Maryland will trace Tubman's early life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where she was born and later escaped from slavery to become one of the leaders on the Underground Railroad.   The National Historical Park in New York will be located in Auburn and will focus on her later years where she was active in the suffrage movement and in providing for the welfare of aged African Americans.