Big news! After months of mostly behind-the-scenes work, the Harriet Tubman Statue Project is about to move into the spotlight. Maryland Delegate Susan C. Lee will announce the introduction of bill HB455/SB351 to place a statue of Harriet Tubman in National Statuary Hall. She will be joined by Senator Catherine Pugh, the lead sponsor of the bill in the Senate.
When: Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 11:00 am.
Where: Room 406 Lowe House Building, 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
EVE and Maryland NOW are co-sponsors of the project, so Dr. Lynette Long (president of EVE) and Linda Mahoney (president of Maryland NOW) will also be at the press conference. Other top leaders of women’s and community organizations will be in attendance as well.
Here’s the full text of the press announcement from Delegate Lee’s office.
EVE and Maryland NOW began approaching state lawmakers last fall about advocating for this legislation in the 2011 session. Delegate Lee, who is the President of the Maryland General Assembly’s Women’s Caucus, and Senator Pugh, Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, agreed to sponsor the bill.
The legislation calls for the statue of John Hanson to be returned to Maryland and displayed “in a place of honor” in Annapolis, the state capital. A commission will be appointed by the Governor to choose the sculptor for the Harriet Tubman statue, and funds will be raised from a coalition of non-profit groups and private citizens. There will be no cost to the state or to taxpayers.
An impressive list of individuals and organizations have already endorsed the bill, including Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Attorney General Douglas Gansler, the National Organization for Women (NOW), the National Congress of Black Women, Inc., the NAACP of Maryland, and many others.
David in Ohio says:
Some in Maryland don’t seem too supportive. Seems like hard work ahead.