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Macon museum celebrates Harriet Tubman anniversary

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MACON, Ga. (AP) - A Macon museum named for Harriet Tubman is honoring the heroine of the Underground Railroad on the 100th anniversary of her death.

The Telegraph of Macon reports the Tubman African American Museum will pay tribute to Tubman's legacy on Sunday with special tours, a reception and a re-enactment.

An escaped slave herself, Tubman is credited with helping at least 300 slaves escape to the North using the network of safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.

Patricia Driskell-Stephens, guest services coordinator for the Tubman African American Museum, says Tubman's life is celebrated on the March 10 anniversary of her death because her birthdate is unknown, as was common for slaves. She says Tubman's last words when she died in 1913 were: "I go to prepare a place for you."

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