It has been a long time coming, but the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park is now the nation's newest national park. The park will include Tubman's former residence and the Home for the Aged on South Street and the Thompson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church on Parker Street.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell signed the final document on Tuesday morning at a ceremony in Washington, DC.
Sen. Chuck Schumer has been a driving force behind the establishment of the park.
Bishop Dennis Proctor of the AME Zion Church praised the bipartisan effort in Washington and the church and community for bringing the park to reality.
Congressman John Katko worked with Senators Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and calls it a great day for Auburn and Central New York.
Auburn Mayor Michael Quill was unable to make it to Washington for the ceremony, but he calls Tubman one of Auburn's finest citizens.
The park and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Maryland are the first national parks honoring an African American woman and is the 414th unit in the national park system.