Source: Pocono Record
In the waning days of his presidency, one in which he cemented his legacy as the president whom has protected the largest amount of public land, President Barack Obama has signed the final documents to create the Harriet Tubman National Historic Park in Auburn, NY.
The new National Park Service unit will protect the site of Harriet Tubman’s former home in Auburn, as well as properties in the city of Auburn and town of Fleming in Cayuga County.
According to the Pocono Record, Congress approved the national park in December 2014 to honor Tubman, a former slave who became a leader of the Underground Railroad and led others on a path to freedom.
It is expected that US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will sign the final document, making the designation official, prior to President Obama leaving office.
“As a New Yorker and an American, I’m deeply proud to see Tubman Park finally become a reality,”U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said. “The Tubman Historic Park in Auburn will be a magnet for visitors that will tell the amazing story of Harriet Tubman’s life, an extraordinary American, and her story deserves to be shared with our children and grandchildren. This park will serve that solemn purpose and preserve her legacy for countless generations to come.”
Under the bill passed by Congress in 2014, national historical parks were authorized in Auburn and along the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where Tubman was born.
Schumer, the incoming Senate Democratic leader, last month asked the Interior Department to expedite the approval process. U.S. Rep. John Katko, R-Camillus, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., also supported the designation.