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Underground Rail Road Secrets Come Home

The month of September is recognized as International Underground Railroad Month. It was during this month when two of the most recognized freedom seekers, Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, escaped from slavery in Maryland. Both Tubman and Douglass chose to live their lives as free people in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Frederick Douglass lived in Rochester, NY and…

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National Black Business Month Celebrated in Harriet Tubman's Chosen Home Town

National Black Business Month is celebrated in August, highlighting and appreciating Black-owned businesses across the United States. With Cayuga County being the chosen home of Harriet Tubman, celebrating diversity and equality is at our core. While Harriet Tubman is most well known for her work as an Underground Railroad conductor and abolitionist, she was much more than that. She was a…

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Discovering History

Harriet Tubman played a significant role in our nation’s history she was a spy during the civil war, an underground railroad conductor, a homeowner, and a supporter of the suffragist movement. As the famous “conductor” of the Underground Railroad, Harriet led many individuals to freedom and endlessly fought for equal rights. In 1859, after emancipating herself and members of her family, Harriet…

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Take a Summertime Adventure in Harriet Tubman’s Hometown

See “The Journey to Freedom” Sculpture and more! Take a Summertime Adventure in Harriet Tubman’s Hometown Summertime in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State is a spectacular time of year to take a vacation and have an adventure. Here you will find an abundance of delicious culinary offerings, craft beverages in the breweries, wineries & distilleries, cultural attractions, and of…

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Take a road trip along the Underground Railroad in Harriet Tubman’s Hometown

The Underground Railroad is considered by many to be the first great freedom movement in the Americas and the first time that people of different races and faiths worked together in harmony for freedom and justice. The term “Underground Railroad” started in the 1830s and referred to an informal covert network to help enslaved people escape. One of the most well-known leaders of this initiative was…

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Harriet Tubman invites you to celebrate Juneteenth in her chosen hometown!

by Colleen Onuffer Juneteenth is the oldest celebrated recognition of the ending of slavery in the United States. The first Juneteenth celebrations began in 1866 in Galveston, Texas. However, it wasn’t until 2021 that Juneteenth became a nationally recognized holiday. Today, the observance of June 19 th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. For…

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Celebrate Harriet Tubman with Ice Cream, Cookies and Candy!

May is usually welcomed with warm, spring air, budding trees and beautiful flowers. And in Cayuga County, the month also means you can start to enjoy the wonderfully delicious tastes, sights and scents of the treats offered on the Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail. Beginning May 1st, farmers’ markets, bakeries, stores, and cafés offer something special to please your sweet tooth. Whether it’s ice…

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Travel back in time and stay at a Historic Inn in Harriet Tubman’s Hometown

By Camille Zess Cayuga County and the Finger Lakes region in general, is a place steeped in history and is an exceptional destination to relax, unwind and have an array of memorable experiences. There are many exciting, educational, delicious, and fun things to choose from in this beautiful part of New York State, depending on what you want to do. Regardless of what’s on your itinerary, everyone…

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRIET TUBMAN!

2022 is a special year in the world of honoring equal rights. Not only is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the forefront of our society today, this year marks 200 years since the birth of a great American hero and iconic leader in the realm of freedom and equity for all - Harriett Tubman! Although the exact date of her birth is not known, it is believed that she was born in March, and we know…

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How to Be Like Harriet Tubman

As we end one year and begin another, many people find themselves reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the coming year. You may ask: Were you the best version of yourself in 2021? Who do you want to be in 2022? Do you have a role model that you look to for inspiration? One such inspirational person who made the world a better place was Harriet Tubman. Most well known for her…

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