Maloney Introduces Bill to Honor Harriet Tubman

Jun 28, 2019
Press Release
Legislation Would Place Statue in the U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), sponsor of H.R. 1980, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, today introduced the Honoring Harriet Tubman Act, bipartisan legislation to place a statue of Harriet Tubman in the U.S. Capitol.

“Harriet Tubman dedicated her entire life to fighting for freedom and the disenfranchised. She risked her life to escape slavery in the North, and then continued to do so to help others. She was famously never caught and never lost a single person, earning her the nickname ‘the Moses of her people.’ Beyond her role in the Underground Railroad, she served her country in the Civil War and joined the women’s suffrage movement.

“Her unwavering commitment to freedom and human rights in all forms makes Harriet Tubman a true American hero and her legacy deserves to be honored in the halls of the United States Capitol.”

Original cosponsors of the bill include Reps. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Peter King (R-NY), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Anthony G. Brown (D-MD), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Grace Meng (D-NY), and Yvette Clarke (D-NY).