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S. 2345 (es) To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study concerning the preservation and public use of sites associated with Harriet Tubman located in Auburn, New York, and for other purposes. [Engrossed in Senate] %%Filena...


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        S.2345

                       One Hundred Sixth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America


                          AT THE SECOND SESSION

           Begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday,
             the twenty-fourth day of January, two thousand


                                 An Act


 
 To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource 
  study concerning the preservation and public use of sites associated 
with Harriet Tubman located in Auburn, New York, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Harriet Tubman Special Resource 
Study Act''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    Congress finds that--
        (1) Harriet Tubman was born into slavery on a plantation in 
    Dorchester County, Maryland, in 1821;
        (2) in 1849, Harriet Tubman escaped the plantation on foot, 
    using the North Star for direction and following a route through 
    Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania to Philadelphia, where she 
    gained her freedom;
        (3) Harriet Tubman is an important figure in the history of the 
    United States, and is most famous for her role as a ``conductor'' 
    on the Underground Railroad, in which, as a fugitive slave, she 
    helped hundreds of enslaved individuals to escape to freedom before 
    and during the Civil War;
        (4) during the Civil War, Harriet Tubman served the Union Army 
    as a guide, spy, and nurse;
        (5) after the Civil War, Harriet Tubman was an advocate for the 
    education of black children;
        (6) Harriet Tubman settled in Auburn, New York, in 1857, and 
    lived there until 1913;
        (7) while in Auburn, Harriet Tubman dedicated her life to 
    caring selflessly and tirelessly for people who could not care for 
    themselves, was an influential member of the community and an 
    active member of the Thompson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, and 
    established a home for the elderly;
        (8) Harriet Tubman was a friend of William Henry Seward, who 
    served as the Governor of and a Senator from the State of New York 
    and as Secretary of State under President Abraham Lincoln;
        (9) 4 sites in Auburn that directly relate to Harriet Tubman 
    and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places are--
            (A) Harriet Tubman's home;
            (B) the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged;
            (C) the Thompson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church; and
            (D) Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged and William Henry 
        Seward's home in Auburn are national historic landmarks.
SEC. 3. STUDY CONCERNING SITES IN AUBURN, NEW YORK, ASSOCIATED WITH 
HARRIET TUBMAN.
    (a) In General.--The Secretary of the Interior shall conduct a 
special resource study of the national significance, feasibility of 
long-term preservation, and public use of the following sites 
associated with Harriet Tubman:
        (1) Harriet Tubman's birthplace, located on Greenbriar Road, 
    off of Route 50, in Dorchester County, Maryland.
        (2) Bazel Church, located 1 mile South of Greenbriar Road in 
    Cambridge, Maryland.
        (3) Harriet Tubman's home, located at 182 South Street, Auburn, 
    New York.
        (4) The Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged, located at 180 South 
    Street, Auburn, New York.
        (5) The Thompson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, located at 33 
    Parker Street, Auburn, New York.
      (6) Harriet Tubman's grave at Fort Hill Cemetery, located at 19 
    Fort Street, Auburn, New York.
      (7) William Henry Seward's home, located at 33 South Street, 
    Auburn, New York.
    (b) Inclusion of Sites in the National Park System.--The study 
under subsection (a) shall include an analysis and any recommendations 
of the Secretary concerning the suitability and feasibility of--
      (1) designating one or more of the sites specified in subsection 
    (a) as units of the National Park System; and
      (2) establishing a national heritage corridor that incorporates 
    the sites specified in subsection (a) and any other sites 
    associated with Harriet Tubman.
    (c) Study Guidelines.--In conducting the study authorized by this 
Act, the Secretary shall use the criteria for the study of areas for 
potential inclusion in the National Park System contained in section 8 
of Public Law 91-383, as amended by section 303 of the National Park 
Omnibus Management Act (P.L. 105-391; 112 Stat. 3501).
    (d) Consultation.--In preparing and conducting the study under 
subsection (a), the Secretary shall consult with--
      (1) the Governors of the States of Maryland and New York;
      (2) a member of the Board of County Commissioners of Dorchester 
    County, Maryland;
      (3) the Mayor of the city of Auburn, New York;
      (4) the owner of the sites specified in subsection (a); and
      (5) the appropriate representatives of--
          (A) the Thompson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church;
          (B) the Bazel Church;
          (C) the Harriet Tubman Foundation; and
          (D) the Harriet Tubman Organization, Inc.
    (e) Report.--Not later than 2 years after the date on which funds 
are made available for the study under subsection (a), the Secretary 
shall submit to Congress a report describing the results of the study.

                               Speaker of the House of Representatives.

                            Vice President of the United States and    
                                               President of the Senate.

Pages: 1

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