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March 8, 2013

Re-enactment to be part of Tubman event

A legendary historical figure will seem to come to life Sunday as Hartwick College marks the anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s death. 

The United States Colored Troops Institute for Local History and Family Research at Hartwick College will commemorate the milestone at its annual Harriet Tubman Civil War Dinner Discussion from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Chesebro Room of the Dewar Union building on campus.

Student groups, including the Pluralism Associates League for Students, the Society of Sisters United/Brothers United, and the Harriet Tubman Mentoring Project, will be joined by national Harriet Tubman re-enactor Carolyn Evans for a discussion of a student conference to be held at Hartwick College in November. 

The USCTI is designated by the National Park Service as a research facility of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and is led by its founding president, Harry Bradshaw Matthews, who is associate dean and director of the U.S. Pluralism Center at Hartwick College. 

Matthews was assisted by students in documenting the 1860 escape of “Mother Lucretia” and her six children from Virginia to Oneonta. The escape is documented in Matthews’ booklet, “The Freedom Journey: The Underground Railroad to the Buffalo Soldiers in Otsego County, New York,” which will be shared for the first time at the commemoration. Matthews’ “Harriet Tubman: Her Interview with The Anglo-African Published August 29, 1863” will also be available at the conference.

The commemoration will also include an abridged presentation by Evans, who has been featured on CNN and PBS and at numerous colleges and universities. Evans will perform as Mary Ann Cord and Harriet Tubman in selections from her series “My Spirit Sings — Women Who Could’ve Sung the Blues But Didn’t.” She will also engage in the discussion regarding the November conference, serving as a reviewer of the planning document that has been prepared by Matthews and Jenifer Benn, a Hartwick Tubman Mentor. The event will also include a rendition of an original verse by Randrea Duke, also a Tubman Mentor.

Seating for the event is limited and advanced reservations are required. To RSVP for the event, or for additional information, contact Matthews at 431-4428 or matthewsh@hartwick.edu.

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