Diverse NPS: The Harriet Tubman Home, Inc

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I am part of a coalition of fellow park enthusiasts dedicated to promoting diversity and equity in our public lands. We’ve been collaborating on posts since mid 2020.

Each month, our group spotlights a relevant organization. These organizations are working to bridge the gap between outdoor spaces and underrepresented communities. This year’s features include:

During the month of November, we are highlighting the work of The Harriet Tubman Home, Inc in our community effort to showcase organizations who are working towards social justice, environmental action, and more inclusive public lands.

About The Harriet Tubman Home, Inc

The Harriet Tubman Home, Inc. is an independent non-profit established by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church to manage and operate the homestead of Ms. Tubman. The Harriet Tubman Home is charged with sharing Harriet Tubman’s core values with visitors through a guided tour of the property.

The Tubman Home was designated a National Historic Landmark on May 30, 1974 and added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 2, 1999. It was later designated Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, under the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, on January 10, 2017.

While the NPS is currently restoring the Thompson Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and Parsonage, the Park Service relies on its partner organizations like the Harriet Tubman Home, Inc. to interpret and preserve the homestead. The organization does not receive federal funds and relies on proceeds from tours and private donations.

Harriett Tubman, ‘the Moses of her People’, led 70 people to freedom in the North via the Underground Railroad. She eventually settled herself and family in Auburn, New York. She expanded the homestead and began taking in and caring for elderly people who had formerly been enslaved. The Harriet Tubman Home, Inc provides tours twice per week. Docents tell visitors the remarkable story of Tubman’s life and legacy.

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