Auburn: Bastion of Activism

Auburn’s Martha C. Wright harbored fugitive slaves and wrote in 1860, …We have been expending our sympathies, as well as congratulations, on seven newly arrived slaves that Harriet Tubman has just pioneered safely from the Southern Part of Maryland.–One woman carried a baby all the way and bro’t [sic] two other child’n that Harriet and the men helped along.Frances Seward, who resided on Auburn’s South Street, devoted herself to reform and social justice causes. It is small wonder the friendship these two women shared, and the network they developed through familial and activist connections, was a formidable one. They joined in the fight for women’s rights and their actions and words served as a catalyst for the Abolitionist Movement.In honor of these women of Auburn, and in celebration of Women’s History Month, Women’s Rights National Historical Park will welcome lecturer Allison Hinman who will present her illustrated talk, “Martha Wright and Frances Seward: Enlightened Women of Auburn.” Please join us for this program on Saturday, March 15th at 2:00 pm and discover Auburn’s connections to the activism of the 1840s.Ms. Hinman is a Master’s degree candidate in Museum Studies at Syracuse University and will present an encore presentation of this program on Saturday, March 22nd. Both programs begin at 2:00 pm in the Guntzel Theater, Women’s Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY. Admission is free.

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