101-252 –MAR. 13, 1990
Public Law 101-252
designate March 10, 1990, as “Harriet Tubman Day”
Whereas Harriet Ross Tubman
was born into slavery in Bucktown, Maryland, in or around the
Whereas she escaped slavery
in 1849 and became a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad;
Whereas she undertook a
reported nineteen trips as a conductor, endeavoring despite
great hardship and great danger to lead hundreds of slaves to
Whereas Harriet Tubman became
an eloquent and effective speaker on behalf of the movement to
Whereas she served in the
Civil War as a soldier, spy, nurse, scout, and cook, and as a
leader in working with newly freed slaves;
Whereas after the War, she
continued to fight for human dignity, human rights, opportunity,
and justice; and
Whereas Harriet Tubman—whose
courageous and dedicated pursuit of the promise of American
ideals and common principles of humanity continues to serve and
inspire all people who cherish freedom—died at her home in
Auburn, New York, on March 10, 1913; Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and
House of Representatives of the United States of America in
Congress assembled, That March 10, 1990 be designated as
“Harriet Tubman Day,” to be observed by the people of the United
States with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
Approved March 13, 1990.
HISTORY – S.J. Res. 257
Congressional record, Vol. 136 (1990):
Mar. 6, considered and passed Senate.
Mar. 7, considered and passed House.