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Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Legislation to Bring Harriet Tubman Statue to the U.S. Capitol Building

February 20th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (Both D-Md.) announced new legislation to bring a statue of Harriet Tubman to the U.S. Capitol Building. In 2012, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation creating the Harriet Tubman Statue Commission to fundraise and commission an artist to sculpt a statue to donate for display in the U.S. Capitol Building. Congress must pass legislation in order to accept the donation, and this bill is the critical next step in the process. It will direct the Joint Committee on the Libraries, which manages art in the U.S Capitol Building, to enter into an agreement to accept the statue after it is completed.


“Harriet Tubman is an American hero, and it is an important way to honor her incredible contributions to our nation’s history by installing a statue reflecting her work in the U.S. Capitol,” said Senator Van Hollen. “Born in Maryland, she became a conductor on the Underground Railroad to lead slaves to freedom, served as a Union spy, and pushed for women’s suffrage. She was tireless in her pursuit of freedom and protection of human rights, and she represents the best in Maryland and the nation. I first introduced this legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, and I’m pleased to join with Senator Cardin to continue this work in the U.S. Senate. I look forward permanently commemorating Harriet Tubman’s life and work in the U.S. Capitol.”


“Harriet Ross Tubman is nothing short of an American icon. There are few greater examples of bravery and valor about which to teach our future generations” said Senator Cardin. “As Marylanders, we are proud that Harriet Ross Tubman was the first individual woman to have a National Historical Park named in her honor and a statue in the United States Capitol would be a fitting tribute to her incredible work and sacrifice that helped strengthen our nation.”


Senator Van Hollen announced the legislation today at an event honoring Black History Month at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Harriet Tubman was born in Dorchester County and returned to Maryland many times to help free slaves.

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