Mayor Jack­son-Stan­ley re­flects on Har­riet Tub­man Cen­ter open­ing

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­

CAMBRIDGE — Mayor of Cambridge Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley has said that Har­riet Tub­man is a hero of hers, and she is thrilled to see Tub­man’s con­tri­bu­tion rec­og­nized with the grand open­ing of the Har­riet Tub­man Un­der­ground Rail­road Vis­i­tor Cen­ter on Satur­day, March 11.

“I think that the open­ing of the Tub­man Vis­i­tor Cen­ter dur­ing Na­tional Women’s His­tor y Month, and im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing African Amer­i­can His­tory Month, is sig­nif­i­cant be­cause her story

and her con­tri­bu­tions to this great coun­try have long been over­looked,” Jack­son-Stan­ley said. “The fact that Har­riet is an African Amer­i­can fe­male makes me all the more proud of how a woman, an ex­tra­or­di­nary woman, saw what was needed to be done for her peo­ple and fam­ily com­pleted her task.

“Once the orig­i­nal task was com­pleted she moved on to as­sist those im­pacted by the civil war. I can only hope my work for this com­mu­nity can have a por­tion of her im­pact on the lives of the peo­ple that I rep­re­sent.”

Jack­son-Stan­ley has long ad­vo­cated for proper recog­ni­tion of Tub­man’s life and work, here in Dorch­ester County and on Capi­tol Hill.

“Har­riet Tub­man was a lit­tle woman with a gi­ant de­ter­mi­na­tion to do good for her fam­ily and her peo­ple,” she said. “I hope that ev­ery­one through­out our city, county, state and na­tion will take the time to visit the Cen­ter and learn more about this woman of courage and self­less­ness.”

In the 1990’s, she was in­volved, un­der the lead­er­ship of soror­ity sis­ter Eve­lyn Townsend, with the Delta Sigma Theta Soror­ity that helped to raise fund­ing for the orig­i­nal Har­riet Tub­man As­so­ci­a­tion. She later worked with the Ross fam­ily to re­de­velop the mu­ral in the state prop­erty on Wash­ing­ton Street in Cambridge.

Along with other rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the State of Mary­land, Dorch­ester County, and the City of Cambridge, Jack­son-Stan­ley trav­elled to our na­tion’s cap­i­tal for Har­riet on the Hill.

“I ad­vo­cated where I could to keep the mes­sage of the Har­riet Tub­man Or­ga­ni­za­tion alive in our com­mu­nity, vi­tal to those in power, and I stood with oth­ers in the Oval Of­fice as Pres­i­dent Barack Obama signed the By-Way procla­ma­tion,” Jack­son-Stan­ley said.

The first fe­male and first African-Amer­i­can mayor of Cambridge, Jack­son-Stan­ley has her­self been rec­og­nized by the Mary­land Comptroller Peter Fran­chot and the lo­cal branch of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Col­ored Peo­ple for her con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity.

She re­ceived the Wil­liam Don­ald Schae­fer Help­ing Peo­ple Award in 2015 from Fran­chot. The award is pre­sented to in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions, in each county and Bal­ti­more City, who ex­em­plify Shae­fer’s life­long com­mit­ment to help­ing peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the Comptroller’s Of­fice.

The Dorch­ester County NAACP pre­sented her with a com­mu­nity ser­vice award at their an­nual Free­dom Fund ban­quet.

Civic in­volve­ment is im­por­tant to Jack­son-Stan­ley, and she also serves her com­mu­nity through in­volve­ment with the Mary­land Demo­cratic Party, Girl Scouts of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, and her mem­ber­ship with Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church.

In ad­di­tion to the con­tri­bu­tions of Har­riet Tub­man be­ing rec­og­nized, 2017 marks the 50th an­niver­sary of the height of the civil rights move­ment in Cambridge, par­tic­u­larly the fire on Pine Street. The an­niver­sary will be rec­og­nized with a four-day event in July, Re­flec­tions on Pine, or­ga­nized by the Eastern Shore Net­work for Change.

In ref­er­ence to the events of 50 years ago, she said, “I be­lieve Dorch­ester County and the City of Cambridge has a long his­tory of civil in­volve­ment, dat­ing back to the early 1900’s. Our young peo­ple now have an op­por­tu­nity to see how the African Amer­i­cans of our com­mu­nity have made im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions re­gard­ing our home­town.”



Cambridge Mayor Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley, left, presents Lt. Gov. Boyd Ruther­ford with a Har­riet Tub­man paint­ing at the Black His­tory Month cer­e­mony at Bethel African Methodist Epis­co­pal Church in Cambridge on Feb. 11.

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