John Creighton discusses politics of formation of Harriet Tubman National Historic Site in Maryland [Lost Tapes of Choptank Regional History Discussion Group, February 2010]


“It started with there going to be a national park up there [Auburn, New York] because they have the buildings. And it’s all under the control of the AME Zion Church. And the hope was there would be a partnership worked out between the AME Zion Church and the National Park Service.

And for political reasons, you’d almost have to say, Maryland was necessary to help them to do what they wanted, at the same time the tourism office here want to do something from a state level and before long, like top seed, it grew into something that no one had quite envisioned.

How there would be a national historical park in two totally different spots 500 miles away from each other

So we don’t want to dwell on all that, we’re just saying that’s part of the history of this bill.

It was a coup for the Maryland Tourism Office to get Maryland to have an equal status without any building at all related to Harriet Tubman.

Nobody knows any building she walked in here, there is no artifact that’s known to be linked to her here. So it was a coup for them to do that. Yeah, that’s a good point.”


 

Editor’s Note:

As Talbot County readies for the public meeting process to discuss, plan, organize and coordinate the formation of the Frederick Douglass Park on the Tuckahoe I would encourage folks to study up, specifically the work of Dr. Creighton.

If you don’t know, ask somebody. Specifically, ask the duplicitous New Englander Kate Clifford Larson who not only “stole” Dr. Creighton’s research, according to a variety of sources on the ground, but engendered near universal indignation within the entire indigenous community of black folk and white folk.

I would encourage officials at the national, state and local level to heed the advice and counsel of Dr. Creighton.

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