Harriet Tubman Museum to open in Cape May

The museum celebrates the life and work of the abolitionist who led many to freedom through the underground railroad

In Cape May, the Harriet Tubman Museum will officially open on Saturday, Juneteenth. It celebrates the life of the abolitionist, born into slavery, who managed to escape and eventually lead many others to freedom through the underground railroad. The opening of the museum was delayed by a year because of the pandemic.

Hampton Taylor, a trustee of the board, said the museum will tell the story of Tubman and the Cape May connection — “that she came through Cape May, she did work here back and forth, Cape May to Philadelphia, raising money to go back and bring more slaves and head them all up north to Canada.”

Meanwhile, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced the winning design of a new monument that will honor Tubman, replacing the Christopher Columbus statue that was removed from Washington Park last June. The city also plans to rename the park Tubman Square in 2022 when the monument is installed.

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