Rochester, NY

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman (from Laurel Ullyette, President of the Harriet Tubman Boosters):

Harriet Tubman, born into slavery in 1822 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, possessed an uncommon courage and religious faith that allowed her to take her own freedom at the age of 27 and risk her life 13 more times to bring about 70 family members and friends North. She purchased her home in Auburn, NY from William H. Seward in 1859.  Tubman worked as a nurse, cook, laundress, teacher, scout and spy during the Civil War and became the first woman in American military history to conduct an armed raid that rescued some 750 slaves from plantations along the Combahee River in the Hilton Head area of S. Carolina. Returning to Auburn she farmed and took in needy persons in addition to traveling to speak in support of Women’s Suffrage. Her life was one of caring for others culminating in the establishment of the John Brown Infirmary and her Home for the Aged. She lived in Auburn for the last 50 years of her life, longer than she lived anywhere else, making the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park preserving her residence, Home for the Aged, the Thompson Memorial AME Zion Church, which she attended, and her grave site a long overdue, but most appropriate decision.

Partner: Schweinfurth Art Center

The Schweinfurth Art Center is a community art center dedicated to providing opportunities for visitors to engage in the arts through its museum quality exhibitions, classes and workshops in fine arts, clay, surface design, fiber arts and other multi-art programs for children and adults.

Sponsor: Hilton

Graphic Designer: Whitney Spivey