WASHINGTON (AP) — Senator Ben Cardin is making another push to create national parks in Maryland and New York dedicated to Harriet Tubman.

The Maryland Democrat says he will speak on Wednesday to advocates, historians and Tubman descendants about his efforts to move the bill toward consideration by the full Senate.

Cardin is the lead sponsor of a bill to create the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties. The bill would also create a Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, N.Y.

Tubman was born in Dorchester County and spent nearly 30 years there as a slave before escaping in 1849.

She later led hundreds of slaves to freedom as part of the anti-slavery resistance network known as the Underground Railroad.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (13)
  1. Mike says:

    Mr. Cardin:

    Who is going to pay for it. The taxpayers of this country are tired of our elected officials dreaming up new ways to spend our money. You are in office because you were voted in. If you want to continue to hold that office, I suggest you start doing what the people in the state of Maryland want you to do:
    Balance the budget
    Stop increasing taxes on the middle class
    Work toward getting the country out of the hole it is in

    If you aren’t willing to do that, than it is time you consider retirement. If you don’t you will end up on the unemployment line anyhow, because the people you need to vote to keep you in office will not be supporting you when the time comes.
    You will get the same support you have afforded us!!

    Good luck with re-election!!

  2. Charles says:

    Agree 100%. Mr. Cardin has far more bigger fish to fry including: illegals, term limits, Obamacare, Medicare, Social Security, entitlements, jobs, deficit, etc. I voted for him and now I regret it. Cardin, Mikulski, Hoyer, Van Hollen, O’Malley, Pelosi and Reid are cheerleaders for Obama and his policy.

  3. BUILD THE PARK! says:

    Just because we are in a financial mess, does not mean the functions of the rest of life and our country should cease. I am curious to know if there would be a similar uproar had a Republican been on Capitol Hill championing for a State Park dedicated to Ronald Reagan. My guess is not. These comments are a sad reflection on just why this park is needed. 3 centuries is entirely too long to have NOT have a National Park in this state and 150 years is a slap in the face to Harriet Tubman’s memory for not having a memorial. All of you people complaining probably never thought that there will be JOBS AND REVENUE created in this state through this project. I am sorry that you people don’t believe state construction jobs are real jobs, but they are. So are the people that will be employed to upkeep this park and provide hospitality and tourism services to the area. This park will bring people to visit a BEAUTIFUL part of our state and it is sad that people wish to hinder this progress with political rhetoric that is NOT rational.

    1. Jack says:

      Build The Park, the state has already spent 21 million on the state park. 8.5 million of that from a federal grant. This is about National parks. How many Parks do we need dedicated to Harriet Tubman? Isn’t one enough? Where dose it end? The state project will employ 225 people for one year, I would rather see the money spent on getting people back to work in something more permanent or better yet rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. We should always remember our AMERICAN history but the timing of this couldn’t be worse. In case you and Mr. Cardin aren’t aware the country is broke!

      1. Joan says:

        There is no current State Park to Harriet- the site being worked on for the state park IS a part of this NATIONAL park (It includes, fields, wetlands, and trails as well as existing Underground Railroad stops that have been dedicated on the National Historical Register). State parks are fine and dandy- National parks are a HUGE deal.

        You have to realize, our entire state does not have a single NATIONAL park. That is a travesty. We are one of the original 13 colonies and we cannot set aside some of our beautiful land by the largest estuary in the nation- dedicating it to the embodiment of freedom? I’m not sure how people could be against honoring Ms. Tubman- in my opinion if she had 10 parks in the state it wouldn’t be enough as a debt of gratitude!

        You’re wrong saying that the jobs will all be temporary. National parks draw tourism which could provide an extreme economic boost to one of the poorest parts of this state. Park rangers, maintenance crews, area restaurants, hotels, and shopping.

        I am not sure how exactly someone decides a National Park is a bad idea for a state. I’m not seeing that parallel. As the other poster said- times are tough, but life goes on. You mention infrastructure- great, let’d do that in addition. Things still need to get done. No stagnation needed. The money would not be thrown out the window with this project- it will create jobs and do even more to bolster revenue for local business that are struggling.

  4. LeRoy says:

    Jack….you hit the nail on the head.

    1. Joan says:

      Not quite- I think he hammered his thumb instead.

      1. Jack says:


        Are you for real???? You should get your facts straight!!!!!

      2. Joan says:

        Honey, I have been a tour guide at Hampton in Towson. That is a National Parks HISTORIC SITE. The sites you list are NOT NATIONAL PARKS. There are simply SERVICE AREAS of the National Park system, meaning we have NO National Parks in the state! There are only 58 NATIONAL PARKS in the country. Here is a LIST of NATIONAL PARKS:


    1. Joan says:

      You are funny! Perhaps re-reading my comment again? I said “the site being worked on for the state park IS a part of this NATIONAL park”.

      Look, I have been involved with this effort for years now. I know what I am talking about.

      The site you linked to is a proposed STATE PARK in Dorchester county ONLY. The NATIONAL PARK being fought for would incorporate this land AND more in nearby counties – snaking up the Eastern Shore in a trail.

      The purpose of the STATE park is that if this push for a NATIONAL park fails, we will still have the state park. Basically, we will have the STATE park in Dorchester no matter what happens with Senator Cardin’s efforts on the National Park. The sheer SIZE of the NATIONAL park proposal (stretching through counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore) is way too much for state funds to subsidize, HENCE why the Senator is rallying for FEDERAL FUNDING of this larger, NATIONAL park proposal.

      As it stands at the moment, we will have a state park for Ms. Tubman in Dorchester funded by the state, what is being fought for are FEDERAL funds for a larger UNDERGROUND RAILROAD NATIONAL PARK.

      I am not sure how to be clearer.

      1. common sense says:

        Joan, you are absolutely correct and Jack you are wrong.

      2. Joan says:

        Thank you, hon

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