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Harriet Tubman Bicentennial to be Celebrated March 10 in Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls was Vital ‘Last Stop’ on Tubman’s Journeys Leading Freedom Seekers to Canada
(NIAGARA FALLS, NY) — An event March 10 at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center will celebrate the bicentennial of Harriet Tubman’s birth and her connection to Niagara Falls.

“Echoes of Moses” will take place from 6 to 7:30 pm. Thursday, March 10, at the Heritage Center, which is located at 825 Depot Ave. West. The event will include activities for the whole family, culminating in the release of biodegradable lanterns. Participants must register before the event and can do so here. The cost is $8 for singles, $12 for couples and $25 for families. Heritage Center members get a 50 percent discount on tickets.

The event will bring the community together to celebrate the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman for her Bicentennial. Bicentennials are the two-hundredth anniversary of a significant event, and Tubman’s birth 200 years ago is most certainly a significant event in American history. The Echoes of Moses event is being held on March 10 – which is celebrated nationally as Harriet Tubman Day – as that was the date she passed away in 1913.

“Two hundred years ago, we were blessed with the birth of Harriet Tubman, who grew to touch the lives of freedom seekers around her as she escaped slavery and returned on multiple occasions to free her enslaved brothers and sisters,” said Kiara Santiago, Public Programs Coordinator at the Heritage Center. “We celebrate the strong, resilient, and fearless woman who continues to inspire us today.”

After escaping from slavery, Tubman returned south on numerous occasions to help other enslaved individuals and lead them to freedom in Canada. The last stop on the journey was Niagara Falls, New York, and you can actually see the remnants of the former Suspension Bridge that Tubman crossed with those she was leading to freedom from the Heritage Center.

The “Echoes of Moses” event name is in reference to Tubman’s nickname, “Moses,” which was given to her as an analogy to the biblical story of Moses, who led the Jews out of Egypt to free them from slavery.

Upon arrival, participants will check-in at the desk in the atrium, and will then be split up into appropriate age groups.

Adults and parents will go on a tour of the Heritage Center. Teenagers and middle schoolers will break off to learn about Tubman and all that she did, followed by a trivia game; and children will engage in storytime and Harriet Tubman-related coloring sheets that were specifically designed for the event.

After an hour or so, Santiago will have everyone gather together again before the evening’s main event, a lantern release.

The biodegradable lanterns symbolize hope and the continuance of the light Harriet Tubman initially turned on when she escaped from slavery and returned multiple times to help other enslaved individuals.

Interested participants can register for the event here.

View media files here. Included photo is of the mural, “Harriet Tubman: A Light of Hope,” by artist Madonna Pannell, which is located across from the Heritage Center.


About the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
The mission of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center is to reveal authentic stories of Underground Railroad freedom seekers and abolitionists in Niagara Falls and to inspire visitors to recognize modern injustices that stem from slavery and to take action toward an equitable society. The Heritage Center is an experiential museum operating every Thursday through Sunday during the Winter season. We offer self-guided tours, facilitated guided tours, school field trips, and numerous public programs throughout the year. Through meaningful interpretive experiences, engaging public programs, services and events, we expand each visitor’s understanding of and appreciation for the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls and the enduring impact of slavery in the United States.