Harriet Tubman


Establishment Legislation:
S. 247/Ben Cardin &
H.R. 664/Dan Maffei

Follow in the footsteps of a true American hero—Harriet Tubman. A nurse, spy, and conductor on the Underground Railroad, Tubman exemplified courage and determination. Born into slavery in 1820 in Dorchester County, Maryland, she was subjected to whippings, even as a small child. At age 29, Harriet fled up the Eastern seaboard to Philadelphia, but continued to return to Maryland by way of the Underground Railroad. During 19 rescue missions, Harriet “Moses” Tubman freed 300 family and community members from the bondages of slavery, never losing a single passenger.

Following the Civil War, Tubman moved to Auburn, New York, where she advocated for women’s suffrage, working alongside Susan B. Anthony. In 1896, she founded the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged in Auburn, where she would dedicate the rest of her life to charity. The Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks complement the national monument on Maryland’s Eastern Shore designated by President Obama in 2013, and preserve sites related to her life in Auburn.

Update: House held hearing; Passed in the Senate



“If you are tired, keep going. If you are scared, keep going. If you are hungry, keep going. If you want to taste freedom, keep going.”
—Harriet Tubman