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Renovation work underway at AME Zion Church in Auburn

Renovation work is underway at the historic church Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman attended when she lived in Auburn.

Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason says Ahna Wilson, the Superintendent of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park made a presentation to the City Council at its Thursday meeting with an update on the start of the work.

The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park consists of the Harriet Tubman Home, the property she purchased from William Seward when she moved to Auburn, the Tubman Home for the Aged and the church.

Interior work began earlier this month with asbestos abatement. A work trailer and equipment will arrive on the scene by next month and the entire site will be surrounded by a chain-link fence. Work on the church will include a reconstruction of the spire with lightning protection included, repair and repainting of siding and trim, the reinstallation of windows and replica historic panel front doors. Significant interior work will be done as well.

Work is expected to continue through the summer of 2023.

Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason below.