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Philadelphia unveils Harriet Tubman monument, schedules bicentennial celebration

Auburn isn’t the only city honoring the bicentennial of Harriet Tubman’s birth.


BNC.tv reports the city of Philadelphia has unveiled a nine foot tall monument to the Underground Railroad leader at city hall. “It’s an honor to celebrate the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman here in Philadelphia. Telling these stories through public art is vital for learning and reflection, connecting with our communities, and understanding our histories,” said Mayor Jim Kenney.

Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy has announced a slate of community events in celebration.


Related: City of Auburn, Equal Rights Heritage Center announce plans for Harriet Tubman birth bicentennial

In October, 1849, Tubman escaped from Maryland, where she was born and found shelter in Philadelphia. In 1859, she moved her parents from Canada into a property in Auburn she purchased from William Seward. That building stands today as the Harriet Tubman Home, part of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park.



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