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FLORIDA SENATE HONORS HARRIET TUBMAN
(Senate Resolution 430)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Known both as “Moses” and “The Conductor,” Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave who played a prominent role in the fight against slavery both in the years leading up to and during the U.S. Civil War. Nurse, Union spy, and key leader in the Underground Railroad, Ms. Tubman’s humanitarian work also reached into Florida where she helped recruit African Americans for service in the Union Army.
In recognition of her little-known contributions and selfless sacrifice in Florida, and, as the 100th anniversary of her death approaches, the Florida Senate unanimously adopted Senate Resolution 430 on the opening day of session. The resolution was read in its entirety by the sponsor, Senator Geraldine Thompson (D-Orlando), as Harriet Tubman’s family watched from the Senate Gallery.
“Harriet Tubman was a strong woman, whose leadership serves as an inspiration, not only to African Americans, but all Americans” said Senator Thompson. “Because of her unwavering bravery, we are now in a better place, and I am proud the State of Florida is finally recognizing her contributions to our state.”
To honor her Legacy, Governor Rick Scott has issued a proclamation and the Florida House will also consider a resolution.