Harriet Tubman Gets ‘Long Overdue’ Honor of New York National Park

Harriet Tubman Gets ‘Long Overdue’ Honor of New York National Park

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By
Kiersten Willis

The Harriet Tubman National Park has been officially established in Auburn, N.Y., in honor of the fearless Black abolitionist who led hundreds of enslaved Africans to freedom. Tubman’s former home and the church she worshiped in also are included in the designation, which has been in development since 2000.

Aside from the Thompson Memorial AME Zion Church, its rectory and her house, the national park also will include the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged, which she established for elderly and destitute Black people, according to USA Today.

Tubman is best known for helping hundreds of enslaved Africans escape along the Underground Railroad, a secret route used by escapees to flee white masters. Even after the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 made traveling to the northern U.S. unsafe, Tubman continued her efforts, taking them to Canada instead.