J2115

Commemorating the dedication of the Harriet Tubman Memorial Highway on August 2, 2013

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  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • ADOPTED

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J2115


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the dedication of the Harriet
Tubman Memorial Highway on August 2, 2013, and paying tribute to the
memory of this American heroine upon the occasion of the centennial of
her passing

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and
commend events which evoke the historical, social and cultural develop-
ment of this great State, and to pay tribute to the memory of individ-
uals of remarkable courage and strength of character, whose purposeful
lives embodied the spirit of the principles upon which this Nation was
founded, and who made their life's work the support and furtherance of
those principles; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to pay trib-
ute to the memory of Harriet Tubman upon the occasion of the centennial
of her passing, and to commemorate the dedication of the Harriet Tubman
Memorial Highway; and
WHEREAS, The Dedication Ceremony and Signage Unveiling will take place
on Friday, August 2, 2013, on the newly designated route at City Hall in
Auburn, New York; and
WHEREAS, Created on July 30, 2010, the Harriet Tubman Memorial Highway
is a portion of State Route 34 extending from the town of Hannibal in
Oswego County to the town of Waverly in Tioga County, near New York
State's border with Pennsylvania; and
WHEREAS, Harriet Tubman, freedom fighter, abolitionist, Union Army
spy, suffragist, and humanitarian was born into American slavery in
1822, and endured almost 30 years of involuntary servitude in Maryland
before escaping from bondage in 1849; and
WHEREAS, The year after her escape, Harriet Tubman began her amazing
10 year Underground Railroad career, making 19 trips into the South to
lead dozens of slaves to freedom; in later years, she became a dedicated
and outspoken advocate for women's rights and suffrage, and the plight
of all underprivileged people; and
WHEREAS, Harriet Tubman spent the last 50 years of her life in Auburn;
she owned a home there, operated a home for aged and indigent African-
Americans, and, upon her death in 1913, was buried with military honors
in Auburn's Fort Hill Cemetery; and
WHEREAS, The Harriet Tubman Memorial Highway passes through the City
of Auburn, and runs directly past the home of Harriet Tubman; and
WHEREAS, In addition, the Harriet Tubman Memorial Highway runs North-
to-South, a powerful symbol of the many trips Harriet Tubman made to
bring slaves to freedom; and
WHEREAS, Throughout the United States, as well as Canada, munici-
palities, communities and institutions have honored the life and heroism
of Harriet Tubman by naming special days, public buildings, schools, and
roads in her honor; in 1944, the United States Maritime Commission
launched the World War II Liberty Ship, the SS Harriet Tubman; and
WHEREAS, Naming roads and highways as a means to bind geographic space
and American identity is a time-honored practice that serves to enshrine
the rich history and the heritage of this great State and Nation; it is
the sense of this Legislative Body to join in the celebration of this
newly designated highway, so that present and future generations may
come to appreciate the unique contribution of its honoree to New York,
America, and the world; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the dedication of the Harriet Tubman Memorial Highway on

August 2, 2013, and to pay tribute to the memory of this American hero-
ine upon the occasion of the centennial of her passing.

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