Harriet Tubman National Historical Park

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Harriet Tubman National Historical Park
Harriet Tubman Home for Aged Dec 2007.JPG
Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged
Harriet Tubman National Historical Park is located in New York
Harriet Tubman National Historical Park
Harriet Tubman National Historical Park is located in the US
Harriet Tubman National Historical Park
Location Auburn, New York
Coordinates 42°54′39.97″N 76°34′4.01″W / 42.9111028°N 76.5677806°W / 42.9111028; -76.5677806Coordinates: 42°54′39.97″N 76°34′4.01″W / 42.9111028°N 76.5677806°W / 42.9111028; -76.5677806
NRHP Reference # 74001222 (original)
01000073 (increase)
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 30, 1974 (original)
January 3, 2001 (increase)[1]
Designated NHL May 30, 1974[2]
Designated NHP January 10, 2017

Harriet Tubman National Historical Park is a United States historical park in Auburn and Fleming, New York, associated with the life of Harriet Tubman. It comprises three properties: the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged, in Auburn; the nearby Harriet Tubman Residence (just across the city/town line in Fleming); and the Thompson A.M.E. Zion Church in Auburn. They are located at 180 and 182 South Street, and 33 Parker Street, respectively. The Zion Church unit is administered by the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), while the South Street properties, including a historic barn and a visitor center, are jointly managed and operated by both the NPS and the Harriet Tubman Home, Inc. The A.M.E. Zion Church also works with the NPS in park operations. The Harriet Tubman Grave in nearby Fort Hill Cemetery is not park of the park.

The group of properties also makes up a National Historic Landmark, the first parcel having been declared in 1974, with two others added in 2001.[2][3]

Harriet Tubman was a major conductor on the Underground Railroad, and known as "the Moses of her people". She moved to Auburn with her parents after spending eight to ten years in St. Catharines, Ontario. She continued working as a suffragist, and worked all her life to care for others who were unable to care for themselves.

The Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged is the house where she fulfilled her dream of opening a home for indigent and elderly African-Americans. In 1911 she was admitted there, herself, and remained there until her death in 1913.

Harriet Tubman Residence

The Harriet Tubman Residence was the home of Harriet Tubman during much of the time she lived in Auburn, from 1859 through 1913. The land was sold to Tubman in 1859 by then-Senator William H. Seward.[4]

Thompson A.M.E. Zion Church

Thompson A.M.E. Zion Church is an African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church where Harriet Tubman attended services. Later in her life, she deeded the Home for the Aged to the church, for it to manage after her death.


National Historical Parks

The park in Auburn was established on January 10, 2017, at a signing ceremony at the United States Department of the Interior in Washington, DC. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was joined by New York lawmakers, local and federal officials in creating the 51st National Historical Park, and the 414th US national park system unit. The park will focus on the later years of Tubman's life.

The park joins another NPS area in Maryland in interpreting the life of Tubman. Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park includes her birthplace and Underground Railroad routes in three counties of Maryland's Eastern Shore. This sister park in Maryland was established first, on December 19, 2014, incorporating much of the previously-authorized Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, which had been designated in 2013.

Tubman moved to Auburn, New York, after spending eight to 10 years in St. Catharines, Ontario, from which she also moved her parents. Tubman's life is commemorated in the Ontario city at Salem Chapel National Historic Site, the church she frequented, and still home to an active congregation. Federal plaques there include one which bears witness to her designation as a National Historic Person.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged, Harriet Tubman Residence, Thompson A.M.E. Zion Church". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-14. 
  3. ^ Susan R. Warren (February 18, 2000). "National Historic Landmark Nomination: Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged, Harried Tubman Residence, and Thompson A.M.E. Zion Church" (pdf). National Park Service. 
  4. ^ http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/underground/ny1.htm Seward was U.S. Senator, not Governor, contrary to the NPS site
  5. ^ Harriet Tubman National Historic Person, Parks Canada, 2012

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