Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
Due to the sequestration plan, Lowndes Interpretive Center, will be closed on Sunday's effective March 10, 2013, until further notice. For more information, please call (334) 877-1983 or visit www.nps.gov/semo
Barbara Tagger Receives Harriet Tubman Lifetime Achievement Award
Contact: Patricia Butts, 334-727-6390
SELMA, AL - March 10, 2013 will mark the 100th anniversary of the passing Harriet Ross Tubman, one of America's foremost heroes of the 19th and 20th centuries. A native of Cambridge, Maryland, Harriet Tubman is most noted for her work as an operator on the Underground Railroad which earned her the nickname, "Moses". During the Civil War, Tubman volunteered her services to the Union Army as a nurse, scout, spy, and cook. She devoted the remainder of her life giving back to her community in Auburn, NY and speaking on behalf of women and civil rights.
On March 8, 2013, the African American Tourism Council, Baltimore, Maryland will commemorate the life and legacy of Harriet Ross Tubman through its 13th Annual Harriet Tubman Commemoration program. The program is scheduled to take place at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland. Barbara Tagger, NPS historian, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Harriet Tubman Life Time Achievement Award for her work and contributions toward the development of the NPS Underground Railroad Special Resource Study, the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, the Harriet Tubman Special Resource Study, and the planning of the Harriet Tubman Underground State Park and Byway in Cambridge, Maryland. Dr. Tagger will also serve as the keynote speaker for the ceremony.
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Did You Know?
In 1965, the population of Dallas County was 57% African-American, but of 15,000 African-Americans old enough to vote, only 130 were registered which represented less than 2% of the eligible voters.