Auburn has been put in the national spotlight due to the contributions of fugitive slave Harriet Tubman – who has strong ties to the city and is buried there. Now there’s work being done in Congress to get some of her landmarks in the National Parks System.
Our Iris St. Meran has more on the progress.
AUBURN, N.Y. — Harriet Tubman, a fugitive slave herself, helped to free other slaves.
Tubman’s Great-Grandniece Pauline Copes-Johnson said, “I view her as a wonderful person, full of compassion and love for all people.”
That was evident during her time in Auburn. She helped establish the Thompson memorial AME Zion Church and built a home for the aged. Her final resting place is here at the Fort Hill Cemetery.
Local politicians are pushing to recognize her ties to the area. Congressman Richard Hanna co-sponsored, The Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act.
Hanna said, “The hope is some place down the road, that this wonderful asset, this wonderful woman and the work that she did is recognized, through the promotion of that park in Auburn.”
This act, if approved will also include the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Maryland. According to the Congressional budget office, both sites would cost $24-million between now and 2017.