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Auburn celebrates Harriet Tubman Day with ceremony

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Auburn commemorated Harriet Tubman Day on Sunday, March 10, with two significant events that paid homage to the life and legacy of the renowned abolitionist. The city, which Tubman called home for the latter half of her life, hosted a ceremony at the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center, featuring proclamations, special guests, and live music by SingTrece.

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Following the ceremony, a panel discussion titled “Passing the Torch: Honoring Harriet Tubman’s Legacy for Another Generation” took place at Auburn Public Theater. The panel, which included Harriet Tubman Boosters President Ednita Wright, Tubman descendant Deanna Stanford Walz, Auburn High School student Jaziyah Estes-Johnson, and Auburn City Councilor Terry Cuddy, focused on keeping Tubman’s spirit alive for future generations.

Both the ceremony and the panel discussion were free to the public, celebrating Harriet Tubman Day, a national holiday established in 1990 to honor Tubman’s monumental contributions to the fight for freedom, on the anniversary of her death in 1913. For more information on the events, interested parties were directed to visit the city’s official website and the Equal Rights Heritage Center’s online platform.