The Harriet Tubman Statue bill HB 1429/SB 1069 passed and was sugned by the Governor.
This is only one step further toward putting Harriet Tubman in the U.S. Capitol. Hers would be the first full statue of an African-American woman in the Capitol,* and one of very few images of women. This commemoration of Harriet Tubman would also aid in representing contributions by Maryland's women and minorities to our nation's development.
Maryland NOW thanks all the coalition partners who generated the grassroots support to pass the enabling legislation in the Maryland General Assembly's 2012 Legislative Session.
We are extremely appreciative of the ongoing leadership on this legislation by Del. Susan Lee and Sen. Catherine Pugh. We also thank the many, many cosponsors in the House of Delegates and in the Senate during both the 2011 & 2012 sessions.
STATUS UPDATE: The statue bill passed, but we have a lot of work to do. IT'S TIME TO MOVE HARRIET TUBMAN TO HER PROPER PLACE - in the U.S. Capitol! And we will need YOUR help!
What can you do? Stay tuned! It will take a lot of advocates to get the statue funded and in place.
*The Sojourner Truth commemoration is a bust.
Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) was one of the all-time great American heroes. Born a slave on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, she became one of the most daring conductors on the Underground Railroad, personally leading dozens of fugitive slaves to freedom. Cool, resourceful, and enormously brave, she “never lost a passenger.”
The Maryland NOW Statue Project is committed to putting Harriet Tubman in the U.S. Capitol.
Maryland NOW is coordinating this project with EVE and the other organizations which supported the legislative efforts, and we are actively inviting other groups in Maryland to join with us as we work with the Governor's Commission to fund the statue. Please contact our president Linda Mahoney at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or take other supportive actions above.
Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Dorchester County, Maryland, in about 1820. In 1849 she fled north to freedom, where she joined the secret network of free African-Americans and white sympathizers who helped runaways escape—the Underground Railroad. She became a conductor on the Railroad, risking her life time and time again to return to Maryland and lead slaves to freedom. Known as “the Moses of her people,” she was so successful that furious slaveholders put a huge price on her head.
When the Civil War began, Tubman became a Union spy, organizing an espionage network of slaves and freedmen who operated behind Confederate lines. On several occasions she led military raiding parties, and she also tended the Union wounded as an army nurse. After the war she devoted herself to women’s suffrage, the care of orphans and invalids, and the establishment of freedmen’s schools in the South.
Governor Martin O’Malley
Women Legislators of MD (Women’s Caucus)
Legislative Black Caucus of MD
National Organization for Women [NOW] Equal Visibility Everywhere [EVE]
American Association of Retired Persons [AARP] Maryland
Emmart Pierpont Safe House
Harriet Tubman Museum (Cambridge)
Maryland Commission for Women
Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women [MLAW]
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) of Maryland
National Congress of Black Women, Inc (Maryland)
Organization of Chinese Americans DC/MD
University of Maryland – Universities at Shady Grove
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – Theta Omega Omega Chapter, Montgomery County
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – Eastern Shore chapters
American Association of University Women – Howard County
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Cambridge)
Coordinated Council of Chinese American Associations
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority – Baltimore County Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority – Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter
Heritage Theatre Artists’ Consortium (Baltimore)
Korean American Women's Chamber of Commerce
Korean American Association of Washington Metropolitan Area.
National Council of Negro Women Inc. – Prince George’s County Section
National Council of Negro Women Inc. – Potomac Valley Section
National Conference of Puerto Rican Women Inc., DC Metro Chapter
National Organization for Women – Montgomery County MD Chapter
National Pan-Hellenic Council - Montgomery County Chapter (MCNOW)
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority – Eta Pi Zeta Chapter, Montgomery County
and MANY wonderful individuals of good will. Maryland NOW thanks you for your support!