People Places Events In History Terms Organizations
Home Invites Members Groups Events Careers Videos News Photos Blogs Polls Forums Chat
Home > Blogs > Post Content

HARRIET TUBMAN STATUE MAY COME TO UNITED STATES CAPITOL (650 hits)

Maryland wants to add abolitionist to the halls of Congress

The state of Maryland is moving closer to having a statue of abolitionist Harriet Tubman built for display in the United States Capitol.

The state’s junior senator, Democrat Chris Van Hollen, said at a recent hearing that his staff has been working with the Architect of the Capitol to plan for the creation and donation of the sculpture.

Calling Tubman a “great Marylander and a great American,” Van Hollen asked Stephen Ayers, the architect of the Capitol, to work with him on plans to bring the statue idea to fruition.

Van Hollen introduced legislation in February, along with the state’s other Democratic senator, Benjamin L. Cardin, to direct the Joint Committee on the Library to accept the statue.

“Harriet Tubman is an American hero, and it is an important way to honor her incredible contributions to our nation’s history by installing a statue reflecting her work in the U.S. Capitol,” Van Hollen said in a February statement announcing the bill. “She was tireless in her pursuit of freedom and protection of human rights, and she represents the best in Maryland and the nation.”

Tubman was born in Dorchester County, Maryland, and escaped slavery in 1849. She dedicated her life to helping other slaves reach freedom on the Underground Railroad.

Efforts to place a Tubman statue in the U.S. Capitol started in 2012 when Maryland created the Harriet Tubman Statue Commission, a ten-person board responsible for raising private funds for the memorial and choosing the sculptor. That didn’t happen without a debate, however, as the original plan called for the Tubman statue to replace one of the two existing Old Line State statues in the National Statuary Hall collection.

Congress created the collection in 1864 and allowed each state to place two statues of notable citizens in the Capitol. Maryland is represented by Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and John Hanson, who served as president of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation. Both statues were gifted to the Capitol in 1903.

States are permitted to replace statues. But after some debate, the state of Maryland decided that the Tubman statue would not replace either Carroll or Hanson. Instead, it was to be an addition to Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center. Several statues located throughout the Capitol and the visitor center are not part of the 100 statues in the Statuary Hall collection.

If a Tubman statue joins the official Statuary Hall collection, it would be the first time an African-American woman was representing a state. The statue of Rosa Parks in Statuary Hall was commissioned by Congress and not by a specific state.

See more at: http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/harriet-tubman-statue-may-come-to-u-s-capitol#sthash.IbnnBwZ6.dpuf
Posted By: Siebra Muhammad
Thursday, June 15th 2017 at 12:12PM
You can also click here to view all posts by this author...

Report obscenity | post comment
Share |
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
They can have and put our statues anywhere they want since we don't have our own country what can we do but submit? Believe as I do and you will be with God as I am!
Thursday, June 15th 2017 at 7:01PM
Harry Watley
More From This Author
NAT TURNER, THE LEADER OF A VIOLENT VIRGINIA SLAVE UPRISING, WILL BE HONORED ON A NEW EMANCIPATION STATUE
FORMER TROOPER IN SANDRA BLAND CASE SPEAKS OUT ABOUT TRAFFIC STOP
HURRICANE AFTERMATH: WARNING, JUDGMENT AND REBUILDING AFTER ACTS OF GOD
THE HEPSTER DICTIONARY WAS THE FIRST DICTIONARY WRITTEN BY AN AFRICAN AMERICAN
WHY GOFUNDME SHOULD NOT BECOME A SUBSTITUTE FOR LIFE INSURANCE WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY
NEW ORLEANS RESIDENTS OVERWHELMED BY SATURDAY'S SUDDEN FLOODING
DID YOU BUY A CELL PHONE OR LAPTOP BETWEEN 2000-2011? YOU MAY BE OWED MONEY
RECOMMENDED READING: "BE FREE OR DIE: THE AMAZING STORY OF ROBERT SMALLS ESCAPE FROM SLAVERY TO UNION HERO"
Forward This Blog Entry!
Blogs Home
Employer Showcase
>> more | add
Latest Jobs
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy with University of Southern Maine in Lewiston, ME.
Program and Logistics Coordinator with University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.
LIC CARDIOVASCULAR TECHNOL with Premier Health in Dayton, OH.
Sr. PeopleSoft Developer - G&P Technology Solutions with Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.
Data Scientist - IMT with Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.
>> more | add
Latest Member Activity
dr juanel sippio just became a new member. 09:08PM
gregory boulware, esq. just posted a blog entitled '~ "26 black american soldiers - lynched!" ~'. 12:46AM
gregory boulware, esq. just commented on a blog entitled '~ "trumptown usa and the k.k.k." ~'. 11:07PM
gregory boulware, esq. just posted a blog entitled '~ “get over it!” ~'. 01:52PM
mark anthony jenkins just became a new member. 09:53AM
tazadaq shaah just posted a blog entitled 'treasury direct account, heather ann tucci, harvey dent and actual facts why you should not access t '. 02:59PM
tazadaq shaah just commented on a blog entitled 'blessed and unstoppable secured party creditor over coming a debtor's ignorance '. 12:47PM
tazadaq shaah just posted a blog entitled 'blessed and unstoppable secured party creditor over coming a debtor's ignorance '. 12:47PM
vanita daniels just joined a new club (i luv africa). 11:33AM
vanita daniels just became a new member. 11:23AM
gregory boulware, esq. just commented on a blog entitled '~ "when was the last time you were poisoned?" ~'. 01:46PM
gregory boulware, esq. just commented on a blog entitled 'redemption from the matrix, free from government imposed ignorance becoming & operating as a secured '. 04:33PM
>> more | invite friends