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Bill Preserving Slave Route OKd

<i> Associated Press</i>

President Clinton signed into law Tuesday a bill that will help preserve the slave escape route known as the Underground Railroad, authorizing the National Park Service to spend $500,000 a year to link the sites of the Underground Railroad, produce educational materials and enter partnerships to commemorate the 19th-century escape route.

The bill was sponsored by Reps. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Louis Stokes (D-Ohio), and by Sens. Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Ill.) and Mike DeWine (R-Ohio).

“This law will help us to preserve and commemorate the important, but often overlooked, history of the Underground Railroad,” said Portman, whose great-great-grandparents were Quakers and abolitionists who lived in a farmhouse near West Milton, Ohio, where freedom-seeking slaves were harbored.

Moseley-Braun said the new network will be significant not just for black Americans, but for all Americans.

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“It really is something that all Americans can take real pride in, because it celebrates the best of our history,” she said.


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