Support Harriet Tubman Waterway Act

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Help us rename the Virginia Inside Passage to Harriet Tubman Inside Waterway. This will require legislation in Congress. Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist, humanitarian, women's rights advocate, and conductor for The Underground Railroad is a historical icon that embodies the spirit of resilience. 

The Virginia Inside Passage, along with several bays located in 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 and Philadelphia, knew the area, mastered the elements, and never lost a passenger.

The renaming of the Virginia Inside Passage along with the bays from Chincoteague, VA to the Indian River Inlet in Delaware would surely be a lasting tribute for Harriet Tubman. The VIP is roughly 68 nautical miles of marshland and shallow bays from Cape Charles to Chincoteague, VA. From Chincoteague to Ocean City, Maryland, and the Indian River Inlet in Delaware is approximately 58 miles making a total length of the proposed Harriet Tubman Inland Waterway roughly 120 miles. The mouth of this waterway begins at the Chesapeake Bay, which was the entry point of many slave ships arriving from West Africa.

This initiative can also help with the current environmental challenges on Delmarva Peninsula and get more people to explore the outdoors, said Don Victor Mooney, President of HR 1242 Resilience Project. Harriet Tubman followed the North Star and nature was her compass, added Mooney.

HR 1242 Resilience Project is coordinating initiatives in commemoration of the 400 Years of African American History, under the theme: 400 Years: Resilience, Faith, Healing, and Partnership.