Delaware Underground Railroad
Gets Quarter Million Boost From Congress
October 17, 2001
WASHINGTON, DC - The effort to support, preserve and commemorate
Delaware's historic Underground Railroad just got an important
financial boost from the federal government. Senators Biden and
Carper announced that the FY 2002 Interior Appropriations bill,
passed by Congress earlier today, includes $250,000 to help
establish an Underground Railroad Network throughout the State
it an "important symbol for our nation's fight for freedom and
equality," Senator Joe Biden hailed passage of the spending
package and noted that this funding will help give Delaware's
Underground Railroad the historic recognition it deserves.
Underground Railroad played such an important role in our
nation's history and the history of this state," said Biden. "It
not only symbolizes the beginning of the civil rights movement
in this country, but represents the incredible courage and
determination of the men and women who risked their lives to
help hundreds of thousands of slaves escape to freedom . If we
as a nation are to continue to move forward, we cannot afford to
ever lose sight of where we've been."
protect our history if we are to learn its lessons. The
self-sacrifice of the men and women who manned our state's
Underground Railroad still inspires Delawareans today," Carper
said. "This funding comes at a crucial time in our efforts to
protect their legacy of courage."
National Park Service has identified 380 Underground Railroad
sites nationwide, 19 of which are in Delaware. This funding will
help local historians develop a plan to preserve these sites,
document the heritage of the Underground Railroad participants
and highlight Delaware's role in this secret resistance
movement. The timing of the grant is critical as many sites are
in danger of being lost or destroyed.
history of the Underground Railroad is an amazing story of
bravery and ingenuity that offers insight into America's need to
face our collective history together," said Senator Biden. "I am
pleased that my colleagues in Congress recognized the need to
provide this funding. This money will help the State of Delaware
preserve an important piece of American history."
now goes to the president for his signature.