Effort to Get Harriet Tubman into Statuary Hall Runs into Opposition

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ANNAPOLIS (February 3, 2011) — An effort to replace the statue of a Revolutionary War-era Maryland politician with a Civil War-era former slave is sparking debate about whose contributions to history are more important.

The women's caucus and the Legislative Black Caucus are both supporting legislation to have Harriet Tubman replace a statue of John Hanson, a Charles County planter and the first president of the Continental Congress, but they're running into opposition from Sen. President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller Jr.

The Hanson statue is one of two that Maryland has contributed to the National Statuary Hall Collection in the United States Capitol. But Delegate Susan Lee, D-Montgomery, said that it's time to replace it with someone who more accurately represents the history and diverse population of Maryland.

Lee, president of the women's caucus, and other supporters say that Tubman would be a role model for girls visiting the Capitol....

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