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March 11, 2013

Maryland Breaks Ground on Tubman State Park;Governor Names Salazar Admiral

by kpeterson

IMG_2735Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and nearly 400 gathered in Dorchester County on Saturday March, 9 to break ground on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park.  The new park, just south of Cambridge, will be the trail head for the Harriet Tubman Byway and will include a 15,000-square foot Visitor Center, exhibit hall and theater, memorial garden, trails and a picnic pavilion.  The Harrriet Tubman Centennial Commemoration — marking the 100th anniversary of the freedom fighter’s death — also featured the official ribbon cutting for the Byway.

During the ceremony, Governor O’Malley presented outgoing U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar with an Admiral of the Chesapeake for his leadership and partnership in conserving Maryland’s landscape, ensuring access to the State’s incomparable recreational opportunities, and programs that support the health of the Bay.  The Admiral is a lifetime achievement award and the highest honor the Governor of Maryland can bestow on an individual for environmental contributions.

“Secretary Salazar’s great work has complimented and expanded upon everything we have done as a State to revitalize the Chesapeake Bay, and helped Maryland families reconnect with the great outdoors.” said Governor O’Malley.  “We thank him for his years of service as a national leader and advocate for our natural world.”

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park is slated to open in 2015.

“At 17 acres, this State Park may be one  of the smallest in our system, however not unlike Harriet Tubman herself, it will loom largest for many in our hearts and minds,” said Maryland State Parks Superintendent Nita Settina.

For more information on the park and the byway, visit: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/tubman.asp

Raw video footage from the event is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2np9qx348y7q3w7/xegogUBFgB

Photos of the event are available here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/accessdnr/sets/72157632974232500/

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