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Harriet Tubman goes to Congress

(Black PR Wire) Washington, D.C – In commemoration of Harriet Tubman Day on March 10, internationally renowned actress, Gwendolyn Briley-Strand, brought Harriet Tubman to the Halls of Congress, and she brought some passengers with her. Local 1-2 of Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, Worcester County NAACP Branch, and HR 1242 Resilience Project were present to encourage Congress to introduce legislation to rename Virginia Inside Passage to the Harriet Tubman Waterway.

Harriet speaks at the Office of Senator Tom Carper(Delaware):

Gwendolyn Briley-Strand, a world-renowned re-enactor for Harriet Tubman, brought some passengers to the Office of Senator Tom Carper. Representatives from the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, NAACP, and H.R. 1242 Resilience Project, President, Don Victor Mooney, the first African-American to row across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to New York, organized the meeting.

Briley-Strand was given the honor of introducing the President of The United States Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush and all the dignitaries and celebrities at the Grand Opening of the African American Museum Of History And Culture in Washington DC.

Later in the day, H.R. 1242 Resilience Project hosted Harriet Tubman Day reception in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, a first in American history for the spy, nurse, civil war hero, suffragist, and conductor for the Underground Railroad.

Among other things, H.R. 1242 Resilience Project is leading an effort to rename the Virginia Inside Passage to Harriet Tubman Waterway, which was one of the corridors for slaves during the underground railroad. This waterway will honor all those that took this path, the abolitionist and Native Americans who offered refuge when needed. This legislation requires no appropriations from Congress, but just the will from lawmakers to act on.

Lisa Samuels for HR 1242 Resilience Project

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