Florida Senate - 2013                             (NP)    SR 430
       By Senator Thompson
       12-00379C-13                                           2013430__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution remembering the selfless sacrifice of
    3         Harriet Ross Tubman in Florida and beyond on the 100th
    4         anniversary of her passing.
    6         WHEREAS, Harriet Ross Tubman was born into slavery in
    7  Bucktown, Maryland, in or about the year 1820, and
    8         WHEREAS, in 1849, Harriet Ross Tubman escaped slavery and,
    9  as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, made as many as 19
   10  harrowing trips involving great personal hardship and grave
   11  danger to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom, and
   12         WHEREAS, Harriet Ross Tubman became an eloquent and
   13  effective speaker on behalf of the movement to abolish slavery,
   14  and
   15         WHEREAS, Harriet Ross Tubman served in the Civil War as a
   16  soldier, spy, nurse, scout, and cook, including honorable
   17  service in Fernandina Beach sometime between 1863 and 1865,
   18  where she was recognized for her ability to cure illnesses using
   19  native herbs, and
   20         WHEREAS, after the Civil War, Harriet Ross Tubman continued
   21  to fight for human dignity, human rights, opportunity, and
   22  justice for all Americans, and
   23         WHEREAS, Harriet Ross Tubman died in old age on Monday,
   24  March 10, 1913, at her home in Auburn, New York, of pneumonia,
   25  leaving behind one of her most treasured possessions, a small
   26  medal given to her by Queen Victoria in recognition of her
   27  heroism, NOW, THEREFORE,
   29  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   31         That, on this, the 100th anniversary of her passing, we
   32  recognize the extraordinary life of Harriet Ross Tubman and
   33  celebrate her work and sacrifice in this state.