Press: At Harriet Ross Tubman School, a film to reaffirm why these kids love their namesake

It was a day for bridges. Kevin Mackey spent much of Tuesday at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, learning about life-or-death efforts by 19th century Americans seeking to escape their bondage. But one of the most powerful lessons occurred while Kevin’s fifth grade class was on its way to that tour.

The Buffalo News: Commentary, Sean Kirst
Image featured in article shows [Correction] Mural titled Harriet Tubman: “Light of Hope” by Madonna Pannell

The staff at the Tubman school took many of the children on field trips to the Underground Railroad Heritage Center, where a new and sweeping mural of Tubman by Madonna Pannell adorns a nearby wall, where staff members use true stories to emphasize the staggering danger for escapees.

The power of the location – where the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge eventually replaced the old suspension bridge – lies in the realization that for fugitives en route to Canada, “these were the last few steps they took on the land where they were enslaved,” said Ally Spongr, interim director of the center.

The Buffalo News: Commentary, Sean Kirst

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