Harriet Tubman house in Auburn will officially become a national park

AUBURN, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Tuesday morning in Washington DC, Harriet Tubman’s former Auburn home and church will become designated as a national park.

The designation ends a years-long effort from many advocates in the region, including a Syracuse pastor who's helped lead the way.

Pastor Daren Jaime of the AME Zion Church Syracuse, is a board member of the Tubman home, and he went to P.S. 154: Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Harlem.

Now, he’ll see her former church and home become a national park.

“In many ways it's full circle for me because growing up you see, you read, you hear, you know, but now to be really experiencing it. It's a sense of history, but a sense of destiny, too,” Pastor Jaime said.

He says the struggle to make it a national park mirrors the challenges Tubman overcame her whole life.

“You know that Harriet Tubman’s been a woman of struggle. And she's a woman of freedom and a woman of progress. And this… has been a struggle and we are living in a time of freedom and seeing progress,” Jaime said.

Jaime hopes this new park will honor the legacy of everything Tubman stood for: perseverance, justice and equality.

While the specific changes that come with the designation are unknown, the property will now be able to get funding from the federal government.

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