3:45 PM EDT, March 28, 2013
We commend President Barack Obama for designating the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument ("A monument to Md. abolitionist," March 26). Just days after the centennial of her death, Harriet Tubman is finally receiving the national recognition she deserves as a heroic conductor on the Underground Railroad and an early leader for women's rights.
The National Monument will include locations in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot counties, complimenting the Tubman State Park which broke ground for the construction of a world-class visitor's center on March 9. The landscapes of Ms. Tubman's birthplace and her early life on the Eastern Shore are a vital part of the Chesapeake's story that will now be conserved and interpreted for current and future generations, providing a major draw for travelers and economic development.
There are many individuals and organizations that have provided essential leadership and support for this designation, including Gov. Martin O'Malley, Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, Rep. Andy Harris, Ms. Tubman's descendants, the Harriet Tubman Organization, the Conservation Fund, Preservation Maryland, the Dorchester County Council and many others. We will continue to work together to protect the Chesapeake's cultural and natural heritage.
Joel Dunn, Annapolis
The writer is executive director of Chesapeake Conservancy.
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