Bicentennial celebration commemorates Harriet Tubman’s birth

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Sunday the Rochester community came together to honor the famed abolitionist, Harriett Tubman, and the “Journey to Freedom.”

The event was held at the Rochester Museum and Science Center as part of the bicentennial celebration that kicked off with a traveling statue unveiling on Friday, which will be in Rochester until November 1st. There were actors portraying Tubman, along with artists reciting poems.

“Rochester was the flour city. We were so close to Canada, we had the resources here, and so the collaboration between black and white people was phenomenal in regards to freedom and equality,” said Jacqueline Sprague, project coordinator, Harriet Tubman bicentennial.

Tubman lived in Auburn for more than 50 years.