WASHINGTON (WJZ) — There’s a new push this week to erect a statue of abolitionist Harriet Tubman at the US Capitol.

Maryland Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen brought the bill forward on March 10, also known as Harriet Tubman Day.

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Senator Van Hollen said the statue will honor her heroic fight for freedom and equality.

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He also said it will educate more Americans to know her role in history.

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The Maryland Harriet Tubman Statue Commission would fund this, but Congress needs to pass legislation agreeing to allow it.

CBS Baltimore Staff