Harriet Tubman

National Harriet Tubman Reenactor to Visit Hartwick College

March 1, 2013

When the 100th anniversary of Harriet Tubman's death occurs on Sunday, March 10, the United States Colored Troops Institute for Local History and Family Research at Hartwick College, in cooperation with affiliated student organizations, will commemorate the milestone  at its annual Harriet Tubman Civil War Dinner Discussion from 5-7 p.m. in the Chesebro Room of the Dewar Union building on campus.

Three 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 the renowned national Harriet Tubman re-enactor Carolyn Evans for an invigorating exchange of ideas regarding a planned student conference to be held at Hartwick College from November 1-3, 2013.

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 escape of "Mother Lucretia" and her six children from Virginia to Oneonta, NY in 1860. Documentation of the escape is now included in Matthews' recently copyrighted 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. Also to be offered is a second, recently copyrighted booklet by Matthews, titled "Harriet Tubman: Her Interview with The Anglo-African Published August 29, 1863."

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 Mary Ann Cord and Harriet Tubman from her celebrated series "My Spirit Sings - Women Who Could've Sung the Blues But Didn't." She will also engage in the discussion regarding the 2013 November conference, serving as a reviewer of the planning document that has been prepared by Matthews and  Jenifer Benn '15, a Hartwick Tubman Mentor. The event will also include a rendition of  an original verse  by Randre'a Dukes '15, Hartwick Tubman Mentor, who has been inspired by the heroics of Harriet Tubman.

Seating for the event is limited and advanced reservations are required. To RSVP for the event, or for additional information, contact Matthews at 607-431-4428 or   

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031