Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Attorney General, Loretta Lynch signed on to the General Agreement that will allow the Harriet Tubman Residence in Auburn to become a National Park. The Harriet Tubman Residence, a historic landmark in a region with a strong history of individuals rooted in social activism and justice. An escaped slave herself, Tubman used her home in Auburn to shelter her parents and many African Americans who escaped slavery – some of whom she guided herself.
“It’s been a great week for Harriet Tubman and those seeking to honor her life. First she is named as the new face of the $20 bill and today and today the Department of Justice approved the agreement that will establish her home in Cayuga as a National Historic Park,” said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. “I pushed DOJ to prioritize this agreement so that NPS and locals can complete the land transfer. Today’s action puts us one giant step closer to the promised land of duly honoring the woman they called ‘Moses’ with a National Historic Park.”
“Harriet Tubman is a remarkable American hero who continues to inspire people today,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Her unwavering commitment to helping others while risking her own life in the long fight for equality has left an indelible legacy. The Harriet Tubman Residence showcases the life of an icon and agent of social change who altered the face of our nation for future generations. This designation would be another national highlight of New York’s rich history and would strengthen our commitment to preserving our landmarks.”
“This is great news and an exciting week,” said Karen Hill, President and CEO of the Harriet Tubman Home. “This along with getting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill will help move us forward to getting the Auburn Park up and running.”