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Harriet Tubman

Tuesday will be celebrated as Harriet Tubman Day in the city of Auburn.

A formal proclamation was issued by Mayor Michael Quill and his fellow council members during Thursday's Auburn City Council meeting. The city commemorated March 10, 1913 as the date the famed abolitionist was laid to rest in Auburn's Fort Hill Cemetery.

Thursday's proclamation also recognized the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act in December, which included language establishing the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in the Auburn area.

As far as the logistics go behind that establishment, Quill said Thursday the city is working with the National Parks Service in regard to a site visit, though no definite date has been set.

Pauline Copes-Johnson, member of the Harriet Tubman Boosters and Tubman's descendant, was on hand Thursday to accept the proclamation.

Copes-Johnson said she was thankful for the city's gesture.

"Aunt Harriet was the woman who helped change the outcome of these United States, and I'm very proud of her," she said.

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Staff writer Greg Mason can be reached at (315) 282-2239 or greg.mason@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenMason.

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