A new historical park has been announced in honor of Underground Railroad Conductor Harriet Tubman in Auburn, New York. The park will include her former home, as well as the church where she was a parishioner.
Debra Michals, Ph.D. and director of women and gender studies at Merrimack College has spoken out about the importance of continuing the education about her life.
“What makes her so incredibly striking is that she went back several times after her own escape to freedom to help others. I don’t think most people today could comprehend what kind of inner fortitude and dedication to the larger cause of freedom that that must have taken. It’s really important that these kind of symbolic acknowledgments happen in our culture. Because otherwise the history of women and women’s accomplishments remains invisible.”