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One of the five new national monuments will include the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland. (Photo: WBOC) One of the five new national monuments will include the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland. (Photo: WBOC)

WASHINGTON (AP/WBOC) - President Barack Obama has designated five new national monuments, using executive authority to protect historic or ecologically significant sites.

Vice President Joe Biden and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar joined Obama Monday in the Oval Office as he signed five proclamations designating the sites under the Antiquities Act. The ceremony was closed to reporters.

The sites are Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico; First State National Monument in Delaware; Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Dorchester County, Md.; Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio; and San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington state.

Biden has long sought the site in Delaware, his home state and the only state without a national park. Designating the 1,100-acre site is the first step toward creating a national park there.

Monday's announcement about the Harriet Tubman national monument in Maryland comes two weeks after the state broke ground on a new state park in Cambridge bearing the famous abolitionist's name.

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