Cornell Students Creating Historic Gardens at Harriett Tubman’s Home

Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in 1849 and returned to the South many times, aiding in the escape of a large number of slaves. During the Civil War, she was a spy for the Union Army. After the war, she moved to Auburn, New York, and became active in the women’s suffrage movement.

Now students and faculty at Cornell University are participating in a project to create historic gardens around the Tubman home in Auburn. The goal is to recreate gardens that would have existed at the home when Harriet Tubman was in residence. The students are not only gaining experience in landscape design but are also learning a lot about history.


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