Harriet Tubman
National Historical Park
New York
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"I would make a home for them in the North, and the Lord helping me, I would bring them all here."

—Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was guided by a deep faith and devotion to family, freedom, and community. After emancipating herself and members of her family, she moved them from Ontario, Canada to Fleming and Auburn, New York in 1859. Central New York was a center for progressive thought, abolition, and women’s suffrage where Tubman continued to fight for human rights and dignity until she died in 1913.

The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park includes the Thompson Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church that Tubman raised funds to build and where you can walk the grounds.

The Harriet Tubman Visitor Center, the Tubman Home for the Aged, and the Harriet Tubman Residence are also part of the park and sit on a roughly 32-acre campus on South Street. These three sites are operated by National Park Service partner, The Harriet Tubman Home, Inc.

Please check the below information and websites for current hours and services:

Thompson Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Address: 49 Parker Street, Auburn, New York 13021
Exterior only, grounds are open dawn to dusk.

The property contains two structures, the historic Thompson A.M.E. Zion Church, and the adjacent rectory, which together will provide the National Park Service (NPS) with administrative and visitor contact spaces in the future. Both buildings are currently uninhabitable and require substantial repair and renovations prior to being returned to public uses. The NPS is currently undertaking a Historic Structures and Finishes Study and limited emergency stabilization of the church building in order to help guide appropriate repairs and future restoration of this iconic building. Please use caution when walking around the site.

Harriet Tubman Visitor Center
Address: 180 - 182 South Street, Auburn, New York 13021
Operated by National Park Service partner, Harriet Tubman Home, Inc.

Tubman Home for the Aged
Address: 180 - 182 South Street, Auburn, New York 13021

Access to the Home for the Aged is by guided tour. There is a fee for this tour and tours begin at the Harriet Tubman Visitor Center. The fee is charged by theHarriet Tubman Home, Inc. National park passes are not honored for admission.

Harriet Tubman Residence
Address: 180 - 182 South Street, Auburn, New York 13021
Exterior only, grounds are open dawn to dusk.

Fort Hill Cemetery
Address: 19 Fort Street, Auburn, New York 13021

This related Tubman site lies outside of Harriet Tubman NHP and contains the location where Tubman is buried. It is operated independently from the park. Grounds are open dawn to dusk. For more information, visit Fort Hill Cemetery's website.

Source: NPS Website (2017)


Establishment

Harriet Tubman National Historical Park — Jan. 10, 2017


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Brochures ◆ Site Bulletins ◆ Trading Cards expand section

Documents

Thompson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church Property, Harriet Tubman National Historical Park (2021)

Enabling Legislation, Harriet Tubman National Historical Park 16 USC 4100ttt (December 16, 2016)

National Register of Historic Places Nomination Forms

Historic Properties Relating to Harriet Tubman in Auburn, New York (Susanne R. Warren, October 27, 1998)

Tubman Home for the Aged/Harriet Tubman Residence/Thompson A.M.E. Zion Church (Susanne R. Warren, February 18, 2000)

Scenes in the life of Harriet Tubman (Sarah H. Bradford, 1869)



Handbooks ◆ Books expand section

Videos

Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad (Part 1)



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Last Updated: 08-Dec-2021