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Congress approves Harriet Tubman national parks
Congress approves Harriet Tubman national parks

The Senate passed legislation Friday creating a national park on the Eastern Shore honoring Harriet Tubman, the famed "conductor" of the Underground Railroad who helped slaves flee to freedom before the Civil War. The measure now goes to President Barack Obama for signature, since it passed the House last week. The designation of a Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Maryland was included in a sweeping expansion of the national park system that was attached to an unrelated defense spending bill. The measure authorizes the National Park Service to acquire 775 acres in Talbot County,2,200 in Caroline County and 2,295 in Dorchester County. Those lands...