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Honoring Harriet Tubman

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She is one of the Eastern Shore's most famous descendants.

Here in Dorchester County, Harriet Tubman helped lead hundreds of slaves to freedom through the underground railroad in the 1850s. Soon her life's work will be preserved in a state park to be built just outside Cambridge.

The park is expected to attract 200,000 visitors annually and initially provide hundreds of construction jobs. The economic impact is what merchants like Keith Graffius is looking forward to.

“It brings people who want to learn,” he said. “Who want to be educated and a lot of those people have discretionary income and when they come and educate themselves they'll want to eat and bring home a souvenir from downtown.”

County resident Darlene McKnight has lived here 60 years and say this project is overdue.

“I think it is great,” she said. “It will help people understand what she accomplished.”

The hope is to have the park open by 2013. That would commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Harriet Tubman's death.

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