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.
Initiated and coordinated by Maryland NOW, the Harriet Tubman Statue Project caused legislation to be passed in the 2012 session of the Maryland Legislature which will donate a statue of Harriet Tubman from the citizens of Maryland to the nation to be placed in the U.S. Capitol. Hers will be the first full statue of an African-American woman in the Capitol. Her commemoration will represent a great step forward for our nation, and her statue will stand as a beacon of inspiration for the millions of Americans who visit the U.S. Capitol each year. Maryland NOW partnered with EVE (Equal Visibility Everywhere) and coordinated the grassroots support from groups and individuals throughout the state for this enabling legislation.
We sincerely thank Del. Susan Lee and Sen. Catherine Pugh for their extraordinary leadership and support of this enabling legislation.
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A commission to do private fundraising will be appointed by Governor O’Malley, who also advocated for this legislation.
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 and 2012 sessions.
*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 Chair of the Harriet Tubman Statute Commission, Linda Mahoney for more information or take other supportive actions above.
The 2011 legislation, which would have removed the John Hanson statue (one of the two official representatives of Maryland) from the National Statuary Hall collection met with powerful opposition which is still in the Maryland Legislature. Rather than wait perhaps another decade or longer to fund and erect the statue, lead groups conferred with legislators to arrive at this compromise
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.
The Harriet Tubman Statue Project was endorsed in the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions by: