Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published September 12, 2011


Cardin’s bill would establish Tubman National Park on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will meet with advocates, state and local civic leaders, historians and descendants of Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, September 14.

Senator Cardin is the lead sponsor of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (S. 247), which would establish the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties, along with the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York. Senator Cardin will talk to Tubman supporters about his efforts to move the bill out of committee and to consideration by the full Senate.

“Harriet Ross Tubman was a patriot in the truest sense of the word, risking her life to liberate others so that America might live up more fully to its promises of freedom, equality and justice,” said Senator Cardin. “There could be no more fitting tribute to Harriet Tubman than to establish two national historical parks in her honor so that visitors can learn more about this extraordinary woman and her selfless, fearless acts of heroism. Tubman National Park would also be an economic boon, bringing countless tourists to the Eastern Shore to learn about Harriet Tubman’s life and legacy.”

Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (both D-NY) are original co-sponsors of the bill. The bill is currently in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which held a favorable hearing on the measure in May. Senator Cardin has urged the Committee to hold a vote on the bill soon so that the full Senate can take action on the measure.

In August, Maryland received a federal grant to build the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Dorchester County. The Visitor Center is scheduled to be completed in 2013, 100 years after Tubman’s death. Construction of the Visitor Center will support approximately 225 local jobs and is a critical part of the effort to establish a national historic park.