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Cambridge Residents Excited For Harriet Tubman National Park

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 CAMBRIDGE, Md.- It's hard to come up with just one name for Harriet Tubman.  Some called her the Moses of her people, others a spy for the Union Army, an extraordinarily successful military mind in the Civil War, and without a doubt one of the most influential people in American history.  And all that may still not be able to encompass her life achievements says Royce Sampson, the tour director at the Harriet Tubman museum.

"She had a great faith in her God.  And she believed that God would protect her, and He did, for her to do the things she did, it's amazing," said Sampson.

In all, Harriet rescued at least 1,100 from the chains of slavery, possibly many more.

And with two new national parks in Maryland and New York so close to becoming a reality, visitors like Maggie Schneid are excited to see it happen.

"Not only myself, but bringing my children down.  Having them visit and learn more about how they can grow up and give back to their community also," said Schneid.

Sampson says he's glad to see this park just on the horizon.

"This is just an awesome thing to happen because it's gone a long time, we did a lot of things to do it, and to see it all come together.  And I'm glad to see Auburn, New York and Maryland eastern shore is still together," said Sampson.

And the Harriet Tubman visitor's center is on that same horizon.

On Thursday, a bill calling for over 5,000 acres of Talbot, Caroline, and Dorchester counties, along with parts of Auburn, New York to be converted to a national park, was approved by the US House of Representatives.  The bill now moves to the senate, where it is expected to be passed early next week.  It then goes to President Obama's desk for signature.

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