Southern Maryland has significant national and international importance. It is here, for the first time in the Western world, that religious freedom was codified into law, which provided the foundation for religious freedom in the Constitution of the United States of America. Moreover, the Southern Maryland region is also home of several important sites associated with First Peoples, women’s suffrage, slavery and self-emancipation, and, more recently, the Mercury Space Missions.
I support the creation of a Southern Maryland National Heritage Area which will help boost awareness and federal support of a part of the state whose resources need to be better protected and whose story needs to be comprehensively told.
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