Niagara Gazette

Opinion

March 12, 2013

BRADBERRY: Commemorating 100 years, Tubman train has left the station

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Niagara Gazette — "That dialogue is beginning," he said before anticipating more updates next Harriet Tubman Day. A recent National Park Service Special Resource Study concluded that two parks should be established: one located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to include large sections of landscapes that are evocative of Tubman’s life as a slave and the conductor of the Underground Railroad, and the second, located in Auburn, NY to focus on her later years where she was active in the women’s suffrage movement and in providing for the welfare of aged African Americans.

The Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (S.247), a bill sponsored by Senators Cardin and Mikulski of Maryland, and Schumer and Gillibrand of New York closely observes the recommendations of the Special Resource Study and, if it ever gets out of committee and is signed into law, would establish the two National Historical Parks.

Meanwhile, here, well on its way to it is completion, the Niagara Falls, New York Underground Railroad Interpretive Center will help connect the Maryland and Auburn Parks to St. Catherines as well as to other sites in and around the Niagara and Erie County Region and the United States.

Once completed, the Center will be able to accommodate students, tourists, history buffs and the inquisitive from across the country and around the world who are interested in American/Canadian history, especially the Underground Railroad.

Promoters and tourist travel operators are already planning bus and train trips between and amongst the regions from the Eastern Shores to Toronto with layovers in Washington, Rochester, Buffalo/Niagara and just about every place in between that has Underground Railroad significance.

One such adventure designed to commemorate the 100 years since Tubman died is set to depart from Severna Park, Maryland, headed to Niagara Falls, Ontario on September 16-21, 2013 according to Ms. Vivian Mack-Boston (vmackbos@verison.net) who invites everyone to join her on the Freedom Trail Tour of Harriet Tubman, Josiah Henson & Frederick Douglass.

Hopefully, Niagara Falls, New York will keep its act on track and get on board before this type of grand opportunity to cash in on cultural heritage tourism leaves the station.

All aboard?

Contact Bill at bill.bradberry@yahoo.com

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