Commemorating the 100Th Anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s Deathby Former Representative Daniel B. Maffei
Posted on 2013-03-12
of new york
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Mr. MAFFEI. Mr. Speaker, I rise to join Auburn and the entire Central
New York community in commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Harriet
Tubman's death. Few Americans have fought so courageously for freedom
and equality as Harriet Tubman. To pay tribute to her life and legacy,
I introduced the Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act. This
bill establishes two National Historic Parks in her honor: The Harriet
Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, NY and the Harriet Tubman
Underground Railroad National Historical Park on the Eastern Shore of
The proposed national park encompasses several of Auburn's important historical sites including Harriet Tubman's Home, the Home for the Aged, the AME Zion Church, and the cemetery where she is buried. The legacy she left in Auburn is one of America's lasting treasures and we should honor her as the first African-American woman to have a national park established in her honor.
Establishing this park is not just about our history and the past, it is also about the present and our future, particularly our economic future. This new park would be a significant piece of an emerging tourist region with both historical and natural attractions.
We must work together to preserve Harriet Tubman's legacy and promote Auburn's future. Her story is a lasting lesson that still resonates today. Tubman was not someone who accepted the circumstances of her time--she fought tirelessly for freedom and progress and that legacy is one worth fighting for. There is still work to be done to make this idea a reality and like Tubman, we cannot stop now. I am committed to working with my colleagues in the House, my counterparts in the Senate, and advocates in this community and around the country to pass this legislation which is long overdue.