City of Coral Gables

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File #: 21-1977    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 1/12/2021 In control: City Commission
On agenda: 5/25/2021 Final action: 5/25/2021
Enactment date: 5/25/2021 Enactment #: 2021-86
Title: A Resolution of the City Commission supporting the designation of South Dixie Highway/U.S. Route 1/State Road 5, from the Miami-Dade/Monroe County line to State Road 9A/Interstate 95 Northbound as "Harriet Tubman Highway"/U.S. Route 1/State Road 5, including that portion of the roadway that lies within the city limits of Coral Gables, from SW 57th Avenue to Booker Street. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago) (Sponsored by Commissioner Anderson)
Sponsors: Mayor Lago, Commissioner Anderson
Attachments: 1. Signed Resolution 2021-86, 2. Harriet Tubman Designation Cover Memo 5.pdf, 3. Harriet Tubman Resolution 5.pdf, 4. Harriet Tubman Highway Resolution Miami Dade County, 5. CCMtg Jan 26 2021 - Agenda Item G-2 - Resolution supporting the designation of South Dixie Highway, US-1, State Road 5 to State Road 9A, Interstate 95 Northbound as Harriet Tubman Highway
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A Resolution of the City Commission supporting the designation of South Dixie Highway/U.S. Route 1/State Road 5, from the Miami-Dade/Monroe County line to State Road 9A/Interstate 95 Northbound as "Harriet Tubman Highway"/U.S. Route 1/State Road 5, including that portion of the roadway that lies within the city limits of Coral Gables, from SW 57th Avenue to Booker Street.
(Sponsored by Mayor Lago)
(Sponsored by Commissioner Anderson)
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Harriet Ross Tubman, was an abolitionist and political activist who dedicated her life to the universal plight for freedom for all. She was born enslaved as Arminta "Minty" Ross in Dorchester County, Maryland around March of 1822, and would go on to change both her name and caste as she unapologetically proclaimed her right to liberty by successfully escaping the bonds of slavery. For Ms. Tubman, freedom for oneself was insufficient when others remained in bondage, and she risked her life to return to the horrors of bondage over 13 times during an 11-year period, in order to lead countless others to freedom.

Ms. Tubman is most known for helping to establish and mobilize the Underground Railroad, a network of abolitionists and safe houses that provided enslaved individuals with a passage to freedom. For the Underground Railroad, Ms. Tubman was the Conductor who is said to have never "lost a passenger”. But her bravery extended far beyond the perils of the Underground Railroad, as she was the first documented woman to lead an armed assault during the Civil War. Dung the Civil War she also served as a nurse and an intelligence operative for the Union Army.
She also solidified her place on the frontlines of the Women's Suffrage Movement, where she boldly advocated for women's right to vote.

In recognition of her immeasurable contributions to the fabric of this nation, the City Commission would like to honor the memory, legacy, and tenacity of Ms. Harriet Ross Tubman, who died on March 10, 1913, as well as take a stance ...

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