A rendering of the proposed Harriet Tubman visitors center at Maryland's
Harriet Tubman State Park. The state of Maryland just received an $8.5
million grant toward the building of the center.
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland is making another push to create two national parks dedicated to Harriet Tubman and the legacy of her work fighting slavery.
Cardin is the lead sponsor of a bill to create the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It would also create a park in Auburn, New York. He's speaking today on Capitol Hill to advocates, historians, and Tubman descendants about his efforts to advance the bill out of committee and toward a vote by the full Senate.
Tubman was born in Maryland's Dorchester County and spent nearly 30 years there in slavery before escaping in 1849.
She later led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom as part of the anti-slavery resistance network known as the Underground Railroad.