This is the second year the commemoration is being observed. Two years ago, a new law sponsored by Senator Nozzolio was enacted that created an annual day of commemoration for Harriet Tubman to be celebrated annually on March 10th.
“Harriet Tubman Day gives us all the opportunity to pause and reflect on the significant and profound impact that Harriet Tubman had on American history,” Senator Nozzolio said. “I was pleased to work hard for this law’s enactment and am extremely proud that it was adopted. Annual recognition and honor of her strength, determination and selflessness is a fitting tribute to a true American icon. The resolution that will be adopted this year is a reminder of this day of commemoration and the sacrifices she made so that others could live in freedom.”
March 10th represents the date of Harriet Tubman’s death, in the year 1913. Tubman, one of the most famous conductors on the Underground Railroad, settled in Auburn following the Civil War, and is buried in Auburn’s Fort Hill Cemetery.
Other days of commemoration in New York State already enacted include New York State POW/MIA Recognition Day, Korean War Veterans’ Day, Women Veterans Recognition Day, Theodore Roosevelt Day, and Pearl Harbor Day.
“As the State Senator representing Auburn, home of Harriet Tubman, it has been one of my top priorities to ensure that the unique history that was made in our region is preserved, honored and celebrated now and in the years to come,” said Senator Nozzolio.
“Throughout our nation, more and more tourism activity is focused on visiting historic locations. There is no more beautiful place in the world than the Finger Lakes, and our region has a tremendous historical heritage which Harriet Tubman is part of. We must do everything possible to promote our heritage. Our past can be the key component to our economic future,” Senator Nozzolio continued.
“March is recognized as Women’s History Month in New York State and it is extremely important that we pay tribute to the remarkable women who have helped shape our history and our lives. A Harriet Tubman day of commemoration is a fitting tribute to a great American heroine from right here in Auburn. It is not a day off, but a day for us all to remember and celebrate her life and her legacy, and the unique history of Auburn and the Finger Lakes region,” Senator Nozzolio concluded.