Petition to establish Harriet Tubman Waterway Act

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We are asking you to sign this petition to support Harriet Tubman Waterway Act. This legislation calls for the renaming of Virginia Inside Passage in honor of Harriet Tubman. The geographic regions cover parts of the Delmarva Peninsula.  

HR 1242 Resilience Project hand-delivered this request to Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Delaware; Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Virginia; Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland who represent parts of the Delmarva Peninsula and to Speaker Pelosi D-California, Ranking Leader McCarthy R-California, Congressional Black Caucus Chair, Karen Bass D-California, and others on December 11, 2019.

Harriet Tubman was a Civil War spy, scout and nurse, an abolitionist, a suffragist, and a hero called “Moses” for her strength and her grit as a conductor for The Underground Railroad is a historical icon that embodies the spirit of resilience.

Wherever there was a waterway, it was an escape route for the enslaved. The Virginia Inside Passage, along with several bays located in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware was the corridor for freedom along the Eastern Shore of Delmarva Peninsula and saw countless enslaved Africans take this route to emancipate themselves from the shackles of slavery. 

Harriet Tubman made 13 trips between her home in Dorchester County on the Delmarva Peninsula. The mouth of this waterway begins at the Chesapeake Bay, which was the entry point of many slave ships arriving from West Africa. 

This legislation is designed to bring a wave of healing to the United States of America. History doesn't record Harriet Tubman taking this route. This waterway will also honor the abolitionists and Native Americans who gave refuge to the enslaved Africans along the way. 

There are no appropriations needed from Congress for the Harriet Tubman Waterway Act.

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