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Family in standing in front of the Harriet Tubman Bronze Statue in the courtyard of the Equal Rights Heritage Center in the winter with snow in the ground

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Tubman!

Harriet Tubman stands as one of the most influential Black women in history – her bravery and resilience inspiring generations. From her courageous work along the Underground Railroad to her pivotal role in advocating for women’s rights, Tubman’s legacy continues to resonate. In honor of her birth month and Women’s History Month, let’s delve into the remarkable life of this iconic figure, explore places where her footsteps left an indelible mark, and discover upcoming events honoring her legacy in Cayuga County.

Born Araminta Ross in Dorchester County, Maryland, Harriet Tubman’s legacy began with her birth in March. Tubman possessed a remarkable set of traits that fueled her activism and leadership:

Moreover, Tubman’s personal preferences, such as her fondness for apples and strawberries, offer glimpses into her humanity and everyday joys.

To truly grasp the magnitude of Tubman’s impact, one can visit various locations in Cayuga County that bear witness to her extraordinary journey:

Tour Cayuga is unveiling the first of five posters in a series honoring the historical figures who have resided within Cayuga County.

In celebration of Harriet Tubman Week, the first poster will honor Harriet Tubman, depicting her as she might have looked during her early years in Auburn. 

Created by David Owens of Owens Illustrations in collaboration with rangers from the National Park Service at the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, the poster portrays Tubman standing in front of the AME Zion Church, part of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, which will reopen later this year.

Stop by the Cayuga County Tourism Office inside the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center to pick up your own copy (available after March 9)!