National Parks Group Supports Legislation to Honor Harriet Tubman, Diversify National Park System

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   February 8, 2013
Contact:   Kati Schmidt, Senior Media Relations Manager, National Parks Conservation Association: 415.728.0840; Mobile: 415.847.1768
Alan Spears, Legislative Representative, National Parks Conservation Association: 202.454.3384; Mobile: 202.236.6603


National Parks Group Supports Legislation to Honor Harriet Tubman, Diversify National Park System

Statement by Alan Spears, NPCA Legislative Representative

"The National Parks Conservation Association applauds Senators Cardin, Mikulski, Gillibrand, and Schumer for the reintroduction of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act.”

“Harriet Tubman’s story is that of a true American icon, as she rose from a humble beginning, lived through degradation, and rose above to empower others to reach a better, brighter future. After serving as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman served her country as a nurse, scout, and spy. As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and reflect on the 100 years since her death, successful passage of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act is made even more appropriate. Harriet Tubman’s contributions to the war effort have often been overlooked but are as important as those of other heroes and patriots whose stories are more widely known.”

“As we look to the 2016 centennial celebration of the National Park Service, diversifying our national parks to more fully reflect our shared heritage and cultural diversity is of paramount importance. Only three percent of our national historic landmarks are currently dedicated to women or minorities, while nearly 50 percent of individuals under 18 come from multicultural backgrounds. Creating the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Maryland and the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in New York will provide important steps forward towards diversifying and advancing our National Park System.”

“The Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks will raise public understanding and awareness of Tubman’s valiant life work, and improve our understanding of the complex history of slavery in America. The national park sites will also ensure that the economic benefits of national parks such as job creation, heritage tourism, and education will be shared with communities along Maryland’s Eastern Shore as well as in Auburn, New York.” 

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