Bridgeport community urges lawmakers to pass Harriet Tubman Act

Today is Harriet Tubman Day, and relatives of the abolitionist leader and Sen. Richard Blumenthal are using the occasion to push for passage of the Harriet Tubman Act.

News 12 Staff

Mar 10, 2022, 5:02 PM

Updated 804 days ago

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Rep. Jim Himes and Bridgeport community members are pushing for lawmakers to pass the Harriet Tubman Act to promote the abolitionist's legacy with a statue in the U.S. Capitol.
Thursday was Harriet Tubman Day, and relatives of the abolitionist leader and Sen. Richard Blumenthal are using the occasion to push for passage of the Harriet Tubman Act.
The Harriet Tubman Act, if passed into law, would put a statue of the 19 century abolitionist leader prominently on display in the U.S. Capitol.
A group of residents are pushing for the passage of the act, including Wayne Winton, a national board member of the Harriet Tubman Learning Center.
Himes is cosponsoring the Harriet Tubman Act.
"We've done such good work in this country in the last couple of years making sure that the people that we honor in our public spaces are people who are consistent with the values of this country, of freedom and liberty and equality, and I think Harriet Tubman's addition to the Capitol would be a big step in that direction," Himes says.
Click here for the Zoom link to for a Special Celebration of the Life of Harriet Tubman, the "Moses of Her People."


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