Resolution J2115-2013

Commemorating the dedication of the Harriet Tubman Memorial Highway on August 2, 2013

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  • Jun 11, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 11, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 4, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the  dedication  of  the Harriet
Tubman Memorial Highway on August 2, 2013, and  paying  tribute  to  the
memory  of  this American heroine upon the occasion of the centennial of
her passing

WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  to  recognize  and
commend  events which evoke the historical, social and cultural develop-
ment of this great State, and to pay tribute to the memory  of  individ-
uals  of  remarkable courage and strength of character, whose purposeful
lives embodied the spirit of the principles upon which this  Nation  was
founded,  and  who made their life's work the support and furtherance of
those principles; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to pay trib-
ute to the memory of Harriet Tubman upon the occasion of the  centennial
of  her passing, and to commemorate the dedication of the Harriet Tubman
Memorial Highway; and
  WHEREAS, The Dedication Ceremony and Signage Unveiling will take place
on Friday, August 2, 2013, on the newly designated route at City Hall in
Auburn, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Created on July 30, 2010, the Harriet Tubman Memorial Highway
is a portion of State Route 34 extending from the town  of  Hannibal  in
Oswego  County  to  the  town  of Waverly in Tioga County, near New York
State's border with Pennsylvania; and
  WHEREAS, Harriet Tubman, freedom  fighter,  abolitionist,  Union  Army
spy,  suffragist,  and  humanitarian  was  born into American slavery in
1822, and endured almost 30 years of involuntary servitude  in  Maryland
before escaping from bondage in 1849; and
  WHEREAS,  The  year after her escape, Harriet Tubman began her amazing
10 year Underground Railroad career, making 19 trips into the  South  to
lead dozens of slaves to freedom; in later years, she became a dedicated
and  outspoken  advocate for women's rights and suffrage, and the plight
of all underprivileged people; and
  WHEREAS, Harriet Tubman spent the last 50 years of her life in Auburn;
she owned a home there, operated a home for aged and  indigent  African-
Americans,  and, upon her death in 1913, was buried with military honors
in Auburn's Fort Hill Cemetery; and
  WHEREAS, The Harriet Tubman Memorial Highway passes through  the  City
of Auburn, and runs directly past the home of Harriet Tubman; and
  WHEREAS,  In addition, the Harriet Tubman Memorial Highway runs North-
to-South, a powerful symbol of the many trips  Harriet  Tubman  made  to
bring slaves to freedom; and
  WHEREAS,  Throughout  the  United  States,  as well as Canada, munici-
palities, communities and institutions have honored the life and heroism
of Harriet Tubman by naming special days, public buildings, schools, and
roads in her honor; in  1944,  the  United  States  Maritime  Commission
launched the World War II Liberty Ship, the SS Harriet Tubman; and
  WHEREAS, Naming roads and highways as a means to bind geographic space
and American identity is a time-honored practice that serves to enshrine
the  rich history and the heritage of this great State and Nation; it is
the sense of this Legislative Body to join in the  celebration  of  this
newly  designated  highway,  so  that present and future generations may
come to appreciate the unique contribution of its honoree to  New  York,
America, and the world; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the dedication of the Harriet  Tubman  Memorial  Highway  on

August  2, 2013, and to pay tribute to the memory of this American hero-
ine upon the occasion of the centennial of her passing.

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