‘It’s huge’: First park rangers assigned to Harriet Tubman national park in Auburn

More than a year after the formal establishment of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, the first park rangers will be assigned to the Auburn landmark.

Frank Barrows, superintendent of Fort Stanwix National Monument and project lead of the Tubman park, announced Tuesday that Jessica Bowes and Rufai Shardow will staff the Harriet Tubman Home property through September.

Bowes, a museum technician at Fort Stanwix, is familiar with the Harriet Tubman Home. While pursuing her doctoral degree at Syracuse University, she was part of a team that conducted archaeological digs at the South Street site.

Shardow has been a park ranger at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in Massachusetts since 2009. His expertise includes Frederick Douglass and the Underground Railroad.

Barrows said Bowes and Shardow will assist the Harriet Tubman Home with building capacity and “further establish our National Park Service presence on the ground in Auburn.”

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