Officials with the U.S. federal government’s National Park Service have bestowed an honor, which will name a geographical area in upstate New York after a legendary abolitionist.
According to Ebony Magazine, land surrounding the burial place of Harriet Tubman (pictured) has been declared to be a national park. This past Tuesday (January 10th), ceremony was held in Auburn, New York to celebrate the foundation of the new Harriet Tubman National Historical Park.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell signed a memorandum during the Tuesday ceremony, which made the dedication to Tubman official. “Harriet Tubman’s story is America’s story,” Jewell said at the ceremony.
“She lived her principles: her strong faith in God, her love of family, belief in the dignity of all humans and a vision for a better life for all people in this country, so what better place to tell her story than within America’s storyteller and that is the National Park Service,” Jewell continued.
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D, NY) is another person who played a role in helping the federal government designate the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park. Schumer originally presented the legislation, which lead to the commission of a special study on Tubman.
This study set the stage for her burial site to be declared a national historic landmark. “, we further the legacy of Harriet Tubman as an abolitionist, a civil rights leader, an American hero, and as a New Yorker generations and generations to come,” said Schumer who was also present at Tuesday’s ceremony.
In 2014, Tubman’s legacy was also commemorated in the form of a national park in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. During that year, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Park was declared. Tubman’s bravery and dedication to humanity was summed up in one of her most historic quotes in which she stated:
“I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”