"President's Pen Establishes New National Monuments"

"President Obama on Monday designated five new national monuments, including one in Maryland dedicated to anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman and another setting aside Washington state's San Juan Islands."

"'These sites honor the pioneering heroes, spectacular landscapes and rich history that have shaped our extraordinary country,' President Obama said in a statement. 'By designating these national monuments today, we will ensure they will continue to inspire and be enjoyed by generations of Americans to come.'"

The sites include: First State National Monument in Delaware and Pennsylvania; Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, Maryland; Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, New Mexico; Charles Young Buffalo Soldier National Monument, Ohio; and San Juan Islands National Monument, Washington.

Scott Neuman reports for NPR March 25, 2013.

Source: NPR, 03/26/2013