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New legislation to turn Harriet Tubman home into National Park

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: New legislation to turn Harriet Tubman home into National Park
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AUBURN, N.Y. -- After being stalled in Congress for years, a new legislation hopes to honor the life and courage of Harriet Tubman while creating dozens of local jobs.

Senators Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Dan Maffei have introduced the bill that would turn the Harriet Tubman home in Auburn into a National Park. The park would include the Home for the Aged, originally established by Tubman, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and the Fort Hill Cemetery where Tubman is buried.

If the bill is passed, the Cayuga County Office of Tourism estimates that about 70 new jobs would be created and add an increase of $3.12 million in tourism spending a year.

"This should be open year round. It should be part of the historic trial for women’s' rights and it should be an important component of tourism in Cayuga County and in Central New York," Maffei said.

As far as the impact on tourism, officials estimate it would bring in 10,000 to 20,000 additional tourists to the area.

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