Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) was one of the most important Americans associated with the Underground Railroad. After her own escape from slavery in 1849, Tubman returned to Maryland at least thirteen times to help about seventy people to freedom. People called her the Moses of her people, and she became an icon of the Underground Railroad, In 1859, she purchased land in Auburn, New York, from William Henry and Frances Seward. Except for her service as spy, nurse, and scout during the Civil War, she lived there, creating a haven for family and friends and a home for the elderly until her death on March 10, 1913. She was buried in Fort Hill Cemetery near her nephew, her nephew's wife, and her second husband, Nelson Davis, under a large cedar tree. Her original gravestone was replaced in 1937 by the Empire State Federation of Women's Clubs. Today, her grave remains a place of pilgrimage.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 19 Fort St, Auburn, 13021
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Don Poole
Location Type: Site
UGRR Operatives: Harriet Tubman