Governor Martin O'Malley today issued the following statement on the Presidential Designation of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument:
"Today, President Obama made a long-held dream come true for countless Marylanders with his decision to forever commemorate the life and legacy of one of the Underground Railroad's most famed conductors, Harriet Tubman. By selecting Maryland's Eastern Shore as the site for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, President Obama will help us preserve the life and legacy of an American hero.
"This landmark designation comes two weeks after we broke ground on a new State Park in Cambridge bearing Harriet's name, which stands at the head of a scenic byway where she safely led scores of enslaved people to freedom. We are grateful to President Obama and our federal, local and private partners, including The Conservation Fund, for a donation of land that made this monument possible. Thanks to the hard work and commitment of many, Harriet Tubman's legacy will live on forever."