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Brand-New Tammany Trace Signage Offers Enhanced Features for Patrons

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From St. Tammany Parish Government:

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Tammany Trace patrons can expect to see new, upgraded signage along the 28-mile Rails-to-Trails conversion within the coming weeks. The signage, made possible with support from the Northshore Homebuilders Charitable Trust, retains features from the previous version, while offering greater detail including: a larger, more thorough map with icons indicating points of interest and the amenities offered at each; the option to use a Quick Response, or QR code, to access the entire library of Tammany Trace Rules with your mobile device; and an updated mileage chart including the newly opened extension into Camp Salmen Nature Park. The original signs, also produced with the support of the Northshore Homebuilders Charitable Trust, were produced in 2009.

“The Tammany Trace is a unique and valued amenity here in St. Tammany. The upgrade of these maps gives patrons more tools to fully enjoy this beautiful outdoor treasure,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We encourage local patrons and visitors to utilize these maps to make the most of their time on the Tammany Trace.”

“Since 1995, the St. Tammany (now Northshore) Home Builders Charitable Trust has invested over $500,000 into our local charities,” said Amy Ybarzabal, Executive Director of the Northshore Home Builders Association. “This donation to the Tammany Trace is one way we fulfill our mission to support legislative, economic, and educational initiatives that promote and protect the American Dream of home ownership. The Trace enhances the quality of life on the Northshore.”

The Northshore Homebuilders Charitable Trust contributed just over $3,000.00 to the production of the signs. Tammany Trace crews expect to have all signage installed by the end of February 2021.

Watch the ceremonial installation here.

Quote & Word of the Week Quote of the Week

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“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” – Frederick Douglass

From Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey; c. February 1818 – February 20, 1895)[3][4] was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, becoming famous for his oratory[5] and incisive antislavery writings. Accordingly, he was described by abolitionists in his time as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens.[6][7] Likewise, Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave.[8]

Douglass wrote several autobiographies, notably describing his experiences as a slave in his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845), which became a bestseller, and was influential in promoting the cause of abolition, as was his second book, My Bondage and My Freedom (1855). Following the Civil War, Douglass remained an active campaigner against slavery and wrote his last autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. First published in 1881 and revised in 1892, three years before his death, the book covers events both during and after the Civil War. Douglass also actively supported women’s suffrage, and held several public offices. Without his approval, Douglass became the first African-American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate and Vice Presidential nominee of Victoria Woodhull, on the Equal Rights Party ticket.[9]

Douglass was a firm believer in the equality of all peoples, be they white, black, female, Native American, or Chinese immigrants.[10] He was also a believer in dialogue and in making alliances across racial and ideological divides, as well as in the liberal values of the U.S. Constitution.[11] When radical abolitionists, under the motto “No Union with Slaveholders,” criticized Douglass’ willingness to engage in dialogue with slave owners, he replied: “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”[12]