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Maryland Day March 25, 2014
Benjamin Cardin, D-MD
"I am proud to say that every region of my home State has played a role in shaping our Nation. From the Eastern Shore of Maryland, for instance, Harriet Ross Tubman was born into slavery in 1820 in Buckstown, MD along the marshes of the Blackwater River in Dorchester County. After learning she would be sold to settle her late master’s debts, Tubman escaped from slavery to Philadelphia, PA, marking the first of many expeditions over the course of the next 11 years to and from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to lead nearly 70 slaves out of slavery. In addition to becoming a famous conductor on the Underground Railroad, she held a lifelong commitment to the women’s suffrage movement and worked as a nurse, cook, spy, and scout for the Union Army during the Civil War in Port Royal, SC. She became the first woman to lead an armed assault during the Civil War in Combahee Ferry Raid, liberating nearly 750 slaves. In her later years, she worked tirelessly for the women’s suffrage movement, speaking before countless women’s groups with fellow suffrage movement leaders Susan B. Anthony and Emily Howland. When asked if she believed women deserved the right to vote, she would reply, “I suffered enough to believe it.”"
The Four Chaplains February 5, 2014
Steve Stivers, R-OH
"Mr. Speaker, this week marks the 71st anniversary of a dramatic sacrifice made by four U.S. Army chaplains during World War II on February 3, 1943. On that day, the USS Dorchester was torpedoed by a German submarine, and it sunk. Out of that tragedy came the story of the four chaplains."
Making Continuing Appropriations For Fiscal Year 2014—Motion To Proceed—Continued September 24, 2013
Ted Cruz, R-TX
"I had the opportunity recently to speak at the American Legion’s national convention. I had the opportunity to share it. There were a number of particularly older veterans, World War II veterans, who knew the story of the four immortal chaplains. That is the story of the USS Dorchester that was hit by a U-boat torpedo and was sinking. There were four chaplains aboard that ship."
Commemorating John Lewis June 19, 2013
Benjamin Cardin, D-MD
"Another route led slaves by land up along the Eastern Shore of Maryland and into Delaware, where they could cross into Pennsylvania and go north to freedom in Massachusetts, New York, and Canada. This was the route used by Harriet Ross Tubman, a native of Dorchester County, MD. Tubman not only guided herself and her family to freedom through the Underground Railroad, she also made more than 19 trips to the South to lead more than 300 slaves to freedom. She never lost a “passenger” along the route."
Welcoming The Guest Chaplain May 9, 2013
Elizabeth Warren, D-MA
"For a long time now, Reverend Culpepper has been praying over me. Last winter, before I was sworn into office, Reverend Culpepper held a special Sunday prayer service for me in his church, Pleasant Hill Baptist, in Dorchester. That December evening the pews were packed with local preachers and churchgoers representing a dozen or so churches in the area."

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