[106th Congress Public Law 516]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]

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Public Law 106-516
106th Congress

                                 An Act

      To direct the Secretary of the <<NOTE: Nov. 13, 2000 -  [S. 
  2345]>> 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 <<NOTE: Harriet Tubman Special 
Resource Study Act. State listing.>> assembled,


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


    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

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                    (D) Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged and William 
                Henry Seward's home in Auburn are national historic 
                    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.

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    (e) Report.--Not later than 2 years <<NOTE: Deadline.>> 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.

    Approved November 13, 2000.


SENATE REPORTS: No. 106-440 (Comm. on Energy and Natural Resources).
            Oct. 5, considered and passed Senate.
            Oct. 24, considered and passed House.