CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited Maryland's Eastern Shore to mark the designation of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument.
Salazar spoke Wednesday at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Center in Cambridge, which is part of the new national monument. The monument commemorates the life of the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad who helped enslaved people escape to freedom. Tubman was born in Dorchester County and spent nearly 30 years there as a slave before escaping in 1849.
The monument in her honor is one of five national monuments established on Monday by President Obama. Salazar says it will not only remind visitors what a single courageous person can achieve, but will also attract tourists, creating jobs and boosting the local economy.
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