Events » Harriet Tubman Program
Niagara Falls Amtrak Station, 825 Depot Avenue W, Niagara Falls, NY 14305
As part of the Trailblazing Women Speaker Series, Dr. Judith Wellman will present, “The Extraordinary Harriet Tubman: From Slavery to Freedom and Beyond”. The program will be held at the future home of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center at the Niagara Falls Amtrak Station, located at 825 Depot Ave W, Niagara Falls, NY 14305.
The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission is proud to present this program in collaboration with the Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center, the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, and the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. The program is part of the Trailblazing Women Speaker Series presented in celebration of Western New York's connections to Trail Blazing Women in the Centennial Year of Women's Suffrage in New York State. The goal of the series is to expose the citizens and communities of Western New York, to the life stories of remarkable women who have made great contributions to the quality of life locally and nationally.
The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center ‘s location is important to sharing the stories of the Underground Railroad, the themes and issues of freedom, and establishing a sense of place for visitors and locals alike. The Heritage Center is directly across from the Niagara Gorge, where the first Suspension Bridge once spanned the 800 feet across to Canada. The Suspension Bridge, built in 1848 and rebuilt in 1855 to incorporate rail traffic, provided a means of passage for freedom seekers escaping slavery in the United to States to freedom in Canada. Harriet Tubman crossed the Suspension Bridge on multiple occasions, bringing formerly enslaved persons across the border to freedom in Canada. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the stories of Harriet Tubman and her courageous journey while standing across from the Niagara Gorge, where this incredible history happened. This program is also the kick-off program for the Heritage Center, and following this Program, the Heritage Center will continue to provide heritage, arts, cultural, and educational programming to the community prior to and once the Center opens in March 2018.
Working to discover extraordinary people and places in time, Judith Wellman specializes in finding historic sites in New York State relating to the ideal of equal rights for all people, with a special focus on the Underground Railroad, women’s rights, and African American history. She is Professor Emerita at the State University of New York at Oswego and Principal Investigator, Historical New York Research Associates.
The program is free and open to the public.
Thank you to our supporting area partners:
The Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center, Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area, The Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, The Buffalo History Museum, AAUW—Buffalo Branch, Friends of Women’s Rights National Historic Park, Buffalo/Niagara Chapter, FWRNHP, Zonta Club of Buffalo, League of Women Voters Buffalo/Niagara, WomenElect, Daemen College Women’s Studies Program.