Rename Virginia Inside Passage to Harriet Tubman Waterway

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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, the corridor for freedom along the Eastern shore of Delmarva Penisula, saw countless enslaved Africans take this route to emancipate themselves from the shackles of slavery. Harriet Tubman knew this terrain, mastered the elements, and never lost a passenger.

The renaming of the Virginia Inside Passage would surely be a lasting tribute for Harriet Tubman. The VIP is roughly 68 nautical miles of marshland and shallow bays from Cape Charles, Virginia to Ocean City, Maryland, and to Delaware. 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. 

Mooney was the first African-American to row across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa, following the route of his ancestors. In reaching US waters, he continued up the Intercoastal Waterway. After crossing the Chesapeake Bay, he rowed in the Virginia Inside Passage en route to New York. 

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Campaign underway to rename Virginia Inside Passage to Harriet Tubman Waterway