Congresswoman Edwards attended a signing ceremony at the White House where President Obama established the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland.  The monument comprises more than 11,000 acres in Dorchester County, Maryland, on the Eastern Shore, and in conjunction with other properties along the East Coast, will serve to protect segments of the Underground Railroad.

“It was an honor to attend today’s signing ceremony as President Obama designated the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland.  As one of Maryland’s own, Harriet Tubman came to embody the strength, courage, and determination of the abolitionist movement as she risked her own life to save the lives of hundreds of slaves.  As we recognize the 100th anniversary of her death, the creation of this national, historical park will serve as a poignant reminder of her incredible life and share her inspiring story for generations to come.”

Photo caption: President Barack Obama designates the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland, during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office, March 25, 2013. Attendees, standing from left, are: Vice President Joe Biden; Jon Jarvis, National Park Service Director; Victoria Jackson-Stanley, Mayor of Cambridge Md.; Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md.; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; Patricia Ross Hawkins, Harriet Tubman descendant; Lydia Sermons, Executive Director, African American Experience Fund, National Parks Foundation; Senator Ben Cardin, D-Md.; Interior Secretary Ken Salazar; Chris Wash, Director, National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Ohio; Tom Kiernan, President National Parks Conservation Association; Pat Noonan, Chairman Emeritus of The Conservation Fund; and Nancy Sutley, Chair, Council of Environmental Quality. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).