Resolution J3964-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim Monday, March 10, 2014, as Harriet Tubman Day in the State of New York



  • Mar 13, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Mar 11, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim Monday, March 10, 2014, as Harriet Tubman Day in the  State  of
New York

WHEREAS,  From  time to time we take note of certain individuals whom we
wish to  recognize  for  their  valued  contributions  and  to  publicly
acknowledge their endeavors which have enhanced the basic humanity among
us all; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize Harriet
Ross  Tubman  for her resourceful efforts in bringing countless African-
American slaves out of bondage, to ensure that the rich historical lega-
cy she established will never be forgotten, and to  celebrate  her  life
achievements throughout New York State; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to memorialize Governor
Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to proclaim Monday, March 10, 2014, as Harriet Tubman
Day in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Harriet Ross Tubman was born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland
around 1820 on a plantation in Dorchester County, and escaped from slav-
ery in 1849; and
  WHEREAS, Upon gaining her freedom, Harriet Tubman initially settled in
Philadelphia where she met William Still, the Philadelphia  "stationmas-
ter" of the Underground Railroad, who, along with the Philadelphia Anti-
Slavery  Society, introduced Harriet Tubman to the inner workings of the
Underground Railroad; and
  WHEREAS, In 1850, Harriet Tubman became a "conductor"  on  the  Under-
ground  Railroad  and  eventually became the most influential of all the
"conductors" by returning to the South 19 times through the  Underground
Railroad, freeing 300 slaves; and
  WHEREAS,  Harriet  Tubman  claimed that she "never ran" her "train off
the track and never lost a passenger,"  thereby  gaining  the  title  of
"Black Moses of Her People"; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1851,  Harriet Tubman relocated members of her family to
North Street in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, which became her  head-
quarters for the Underground Railroad until 1857; and
  WHEREAS,  In  the  mid  1850s, Harriet Tubman made the acquaintance of
United States Senator, Secretary of State  and  former  New  York  State
Governor  William  H. Seward and his wife, Frances, in Auburn, New York;
  WHEREAS, The Sewards, in 1857, provided a home for Harriet  Tubman  in
Auburn, which she later purchased and used as her new base of operations
in the Underground Railroad; and
  WHEREAS,  When the Civil War began, Harriet Tubman worked as a cook in
the Union Army in South Carolina and served as  a  nurse,  a  scout  for
raiding parties, and a spy behind Confederate lines; and
  WHEREAS,  After the close of the Civil War, Harriet Tubman returned to
Auburn, and made it her permanent home; she joined the African Methodist
Episcopal Zion Church and became a devoted and active member; and
  WHEREAS, In 1903, Harriet Tubman transferred ownership of her property
to the A.M.E. Zion Church, and after her death, the church developed and
managed her home, and the adjacent property, to sustain  the  memory  of
her sacrifices for her people; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Harriet  Tubman  home  and  property are both currently
registered as National Historic Landmarks in Auburn,  and  the  site  is
part  of  the  National Parks Service Freedom Trail in honor of her life
and struggles; and

  WHEREAS, In March of 1913, Harriet Tubman died and was buried in  Fort
Hill  Cemetery in Auburn, where she received full military honors at her
funeral; and
  WHEREAS,  Harriet  Ross  Tubman is an inspiration to many people whose
actions and life embodied  the  true  essence  of  service,  spirit  and
strength;  because  of  her spirit, countless slaves were given hope and
through her strength and conviction, she was compelled to risk  her  own
freedom  for the freedom of others; her dedication and commitment to the
numerous slaves held in bondage have proven her to  be  the  epitome  of
true leadership; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim Monday, March 10, 2014,
as Harriet Tubman Day in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New


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