‘A Woman Worthy Of Recognition’

Harriet Tubman Day Celebration On Tap

Posted: March 8, 2013

HARRISONBURG — History will be celebrated and community members honored Sunday at the 13th annual Harriet Tubman Day Celebration at the Lucy F. Simms Center for Continuing Education, 620 Simms Ave.


Beginning at 3 p.m., the event, sponsored by Harrisonburg’s Harriet Tubman Cultural Center, celebrates Tubman — an escaped slave who helped guide other escapees along the Underground Railroad — on the anniversary of her death in 1913.


In 1990, President George H.W. Bush proclaimed March 10 Harriet Tubman Day to honor the woman who served as a nurse, scout, cook and spy for the Union Army during the Civil War, according to the American Presidency Project website.


“She has a special place in my heart,” said Stan Maclin, founder and president of the organization. “She’s definitely a woman worthy of recognition.”


The celebration will begin with a skit, “Escape to Freedom,” which will be performed by Empowered Women, a group from Richmond committed to Tubman’s principles and legacy.


Then, Scott Kizner, superintendent of Harrisonburg City Schools, will speak, followed by the presentation of the cultural center’s two annual commemorative leadership awards.


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