UPDATED: Founders Day weekend in Auburn to commemorate Harriet Tubman

2013-07-25T14:30:00Z 2013-08-02T10:44:07Z UPDATED: Founders Day weekend in Auburn to commemorate Harriet TubmanThe Citizen staff Auburn Citizen
July 25, 2013 2:30 pm  • 

This year's Founders Day weekend will honor the 100th anniversary of Harriet Tubman's death through a series of special events, Founders Day planners announced this week in a press release.

The first weekend in August will be dedicated to Tubman, the famous abolitionist from the Civil War who later settled in Auburn.

"Harriet Tubman's world-wide legacy is demonstrated by her actions, proving that one person can indeed make a huge positive difference in many peoples' lives," said Connie Reilly, director of the Downtown Auburn BID.

The Oscar-winning film Glory will be shown at the Auburn Public Theater on Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3.

On Saturday, a bevy of events are planned for Founders Day weekend. This year marks the second year for the Founders Day Fun Run for children ages 4 to 10 at 10 a.m. at the Seymour Public Library.

Also included on the schedule is a Civil War re-enactment exhibition at Seward Park, a strawberry social and a tug of war between city and county employees at noon at City Hall.

A special highway dedication ceremony in Tubman's honor will begin around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 2 that will begin on the steps of City Hall.

People are invited to start from City Hall and walk to the Tubman Home on 180 South St. where the ceremony will take place around 6 p.m.

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