Ahead of Harriet Tubman Week, Cayuga County Tourism Office Unveils First Poster in Historical Series


Around the United States, March 10th is known as Harriet Tubman Day to commemorate the passing of Harriet Tubman by celebrating her life, accomplishments, and legacy on what is now known across the country as Harriet Tubman Day. In Auburn, NY – Tubman’s chosen hometown for the final 50+ years of her life – the Cayuga County Office of Tourism extends that celebration into what we refer to as Harriet Tubman Week.

This year, as the destination once again honors Harriet Tubman’s bravery and influence, the Cayuga County Office of Tourism is proud to unveil its brand-new Harriet Tubman poster. Created by David Owens of Owens Illustrations and in collaboration with rangers from the National Park Service at the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, the poster depicts Tubman as she might have looked during her first few years in Auburn, standing in front of the AME Zion Church on Parker Street—the location where she herself attended services and where her memorial was held after her passing in 1913. This location is also the site of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, due to open to the public later in 2024.

Designed not only to honor Harriet Tubman’s legacy but also to encourage residents and visitors alike to “explore national history in Cayuga County,” this poster is the first in a series of five that Tour Cayuga will be releasing throughout 2024 highlighting historical figures of note who resided within the county. Beginning on March 9, the Tubman poster will be available from the Cayuga County Tourism Office in the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center and via mail by direct request.

“Cayuga County has solid historical roots that are important to national history. We’re so proud to tell the story of the prominent individuals and the locations that tell their stories,” said Karen Kuhl, Executive Director of the Cayuga County Office of Tourism. “The Historical Figures poster series is a significant way to promote Cayuga County’s national importance.”

In addition to picking up a Harriet Tubman poster, there are several other ways for residents and visitors to celebrate Harriet Tubman Day (or week!) in Cayuga County.


2nd Annual “You Matter”

Women’s Conference: Hosted by the NAACP and the Harriet Tubman Liberation Foundation, this three-day conference will be hosted in Auburn on March 8-10, and will feature presentations from Women of Color facilitators who are experts in their fields, providing vital, life-changing information on women’s healthcare, mental healthcare, spiritual direction, nutrition, eldercare, and yoga. 

Harriet Tubman Day: On March 10, the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center will be hosting a celebration with special guests, live music, official proclamations, commemorative souvenirs, and more to celebrate Tubman’s life and legacy. The event will be followed by a panel at the Auburn Public Theater, “Passing the Torch: Honoring Harriet Tubman’s Legacy for Another Generation.”

3rd Annual Brave Brews Festival: In honor of Harriet Tubman’s entrepreneurial spirit, celebrate and support the enterprising women and nonbinary individuals reinventing New York’s craft beverage industry from March 8-10. Inspired by Prison City Brewing’s annual Pink Boots Society Collaboration Brew Day, this weekend kicks off Women’s History Month and creates a welcoming environment for craft beverage professionals and consumers.

Minority & Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Opportunities Information Session: In collaboration with Taste NY and Cornell Cooperative, Harvest NY will be hosting a MWBE information session on March 8 at the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center, featuring refreshments and a panel discussion with guests from Empire State Development’s Division of Minority and Women Business Development.

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