Tubman played an outsized role in American history, a contribution that is recently (and belatedly) being justly recognized. This week, the state of
This project was a long time in getting off the ground. An earlier attempt in 2007 stalled for lack of money. But state officials pieced together a variety of funding sources, including $8.5 million from the federal Transportation Enhancement Program, to come up with the $21 million needed to make the project a go. The 15,000-square-foot visitor center is expected to attract tourists and pump dollars into the local economy. The construction phase is slated to create about 225 jobs, and the center is expected to have a staff of 10.
All of this is work well done, but there is more to do to properly honor Tubman.
The next task is creating a historic national park in her name. The proposed park, composed of four sites in
In the past, there had been no comparable effort in the
As this page has stated, even in the hard times, we cannot turn our back on our past. Scores of historic park sites, such as the Appomattox Courthouse, were established when the nation was in much worse financial shape.