Today is Harriet Tubman Day! March 10th, 2013 marks 100 years since Ms Tubman died. There will be celebrations around our country, but NYS has a very special tie with Harriet Tubman. Auburn, NY is where Harriet settled and lived for many years. We all know about Harriet’s bravery, fortitude, intelligence and courage escaping slavery and returning many times as an Underground Railroad Conductor to help free slaves, but Harriet was also such a good, good person who opened her home up in Auburn, NY to the aged and indigent.
For those of you with young children, grandchildren or if you’re teachers, there is one book I especially loved sharing with my young students including my students learning English as a 2nd language: An Apple for Harriet Tubman by Glennette Tilley Turner. There is a little-known event that is celebrated in this book that the author learned about through Tubman’s great-niece. It’s a must-book for every classroom.