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ERHC Hosting Public Meeting on Proposed Tubman Corridor


An upcoming public meeting in Auburn will let attendees learn about the proposed Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Corridor.

The meeting will take place Monday at 6:00p at the Equal Rights Heritage Center. Area residents, business owners, and organizations are invited to learn more about the proposed corridor as well as share their opinions, concerns, and questions.

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Corridor is a proposed 500-mile driving route through the linking sites associated with Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Beginning in New York City, the corridor would travel north to Albany before heading to Niagara Falls. On its way to Niagara Falls, the route would pass through, Syracuse, Auburn, Geneva, and Rochester, among others.

(Provided by the Cayuga County Tourism Office)

Sites in Auburn related to Tubman include the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, Seward House Museum, and Tubman’s gravesite within Fort Hill Cemetery.

The Underground Railroad Consortium of New York State is drafting a Corridor Management Plan for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Corridor. A representative from Hargrove International, the consultant agency contracted by the consortium to develop the plan, will be on hand to give a presentation on the plan. The presentation will cover what the corridor is and the process of creating it.

Karen Kuhl, Executive Director of the Cayuga County Office of Tourism, had previously told Finger Lakes News Radio the consortium’s ultimate goal is to create a scenic byway, connecting Dorchester County, Maryland where Tubman escaped slavery to St Catharines, Ontario where she brought escaped slaves to freedom.

The consortium asks attendees to preregister for the event which can be done on the corridor’s website.

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