Harriet Tubman is recognized in Auburn with highway dedicated in her name
Sat, 03 Aug 2013 02:41:56 GMT —
oday was a day to remember a woman was has been called the Moses of her people.
Geraldine Copes-Daniels and Laverta Gaskin are both great-grand niece's of Harriet Tubman.
"She was a wonderful woman. I love the things that she has done. I wasn't born when she had done it, but I've read so many books and I've heard from my parents how good she was," says Copes-Daniels.
"She was a determined woman, when she made up her mind to do something she did it. She was very determined. She was very determined to free all those slaves and she did it," says Gaskin.
The Harriet Tubman Memorial Highway was officially dedicated in her name today. Signs were unveiled at the Tubman House which will be posted along a 100 mile portion of Route 34 which passes directly through Auburn.
These new signs can be be seen at prominent points from the town of Waverly near the Pennsylvania border up to the town of Hastings in Oswego County.
Harriet Tubman's relatives say that today's ceremony will go much further than these 100 miles on Route 34.
Governor Patterson signed the bill into law back in 2010, but they the city of Auburn was unable to hold today's ceremony sooner. Tubman's family members say today has been a long time coming.
"I think it's wonderful that they are finally recognizing her by naming something after her in this little town where she lived," says Gaskin.
"It's about time, it's about time. They have taken so long to even recognize her, but today she is being recognized," says Copes-Daniels.