Secretary Salazar to Celebrate New Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument

National Monuments Will Generate Tourism and Economic Benefits for Local Economies, Honor America's Diverse History, Conserve Key Landscapes

3/26/2013


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following President Obama's designation of five new national monuments yesterday, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will travel to each of the sites over the coming days to celebrate with local officials and community stakeholders who have worked to secure recognition for these national crown jewels.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27, Secretary Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis will join local officials and stakeholders to celebrate the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument on Maryland's Eastern Shore.


The monument commemorates the life of the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad who was responsible for helping enslaved people escape from bondage to freedom. The event is open press and media are encouraged to RSVP to Jessica Kershaw (jessica_kershaw@ios.doi.gov) by Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 5:30 PM.


WHO

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis

Patricia Ross Hawkins, Tubman descendant

Bob Stanton, senior advisor to the Secretary and former National Park Service Director

Local officials and community stakeholders



WHAT

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument Celebration



WHEN

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

10:30 a.m. EDT (guest check-in)

11:00 a.m. EDT (ceremony)

11:45 a.m. EDT (media availability)



WHERE

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

2145 Key Wallace Drive Cambridge, MD 21613

Note: Parking is not available at the Visitor Center. Parking and shuttle service will be provided from the Blackwater maintenance compound located at:

2430 Key Wallace Drive Cambridge, MD 21613



MEDIA

The event is open press and media are encouraged to RSVP to Jessica Kershaw (jessica_kershaw@ios.doi.gov) by Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 5:30 PM.



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