Schumer supports two national parks to honor Tubman

Sen. Chuck Schumer testified at a U.S. Senate hearing on his legislation that would establish two national historical parks honoring abolitionist Harriet Tubman, including one in central New York.

Schumer and Sen. Benjamin Cardin of Maryland introduced the legislation earlier this year.

Yesterday, Schumer supplied testimony on the plan during a hearing held by the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks. The legislation next goes to the full Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and then to the Senate floor for a vote.

The legislation calls for creating the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, in the Finger Lakes, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park in Maryland.

Tubman led numerous slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad before and during the Civil War. She's buried in Auburn, where she lived for many years after the war.