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Harriet Tubman

On November 8 and 9, 2013, Cayuga Community College will host “Harriet Tubman: No Longer Underground,” a two-day symposium marking the centennial of the death of Harriet Tubman in 1913. 

Co-Sponsored by the Harriet Tubman Boosters Club, the Seward House Museum, and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the symposium will celebrate the life and work of the heroic African American woman who escaped slavery, conducted other slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad, served the Union Army during the Civil War, and worked as a humanitarian and advocate for women’s rights throughout the 50 years she lived in Auburn, New York. 

The program will include leading historians presenting new research and insights about Harriet Tubman, highlighting the social context in which she lived, to encourage greater appreciation, respect for and understanding of our present-day cultural and racial diversity, and to illustrate the relevance of Harriet Tubman's legacy to continuing struggles for human rights throughout the world. 

As a kick-off to the Symposium weekend there will be a FREE performance of "A Change Gon' Come", a multi-media stage production of Harriet Tubman's life in slavery and beyond, sponsored by the Cayuga Community College Foundation, on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theater at CCC.  This event is open to the general public.

A travelling exhibit from the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in Peterboro, New York will be installed at Cayuga Community College during the Symposium. The primary researcher and author of the exhibit is Milton C. Sernett, Ph.D. professor emeritus Syracuse University, where Dr. Sernett taught African American studies. The exhibit is available for viewing free of charge to the general public.

The College's Main Building, where the symposium is taking place, is located at 197 Franklin Street, Auburn, New York.  The symposium events will be chiefly in the Bisgrove Community Theater, just inside the entrance to the Main Building, facing Franklin Street.  Signs will be posted at the Franklin Street entrance, and student volunteers will be available to help direct attendees to the theater. Free parking is available in the parking lots at the front of the Main Building and in the rear of the campus.

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For specific questions contact Planning Committee Co-Chair Rosemarie Romano at