Letters to Albany

We wrote letters to try to convince the Governor
and our legislators in Albany that Harriet Tubman Day
was something we really should have. We thought
you might like to read what we had to say.
2nd Grade-March 2000

Dear Senator Oppenheimer,
        My name is Stephanie. I'm a second grader and I'm eight years old. My class, 2T, and I have been studying about Harriet Tubman. We've learned lots of stuff about Harriet Tubman like she had sleeping spells for almost all her life because she got hit by something. We also learned that she led over three hundred slaves to freedom. I am writing to you because I think that there should be a holiday to honor Harriet Tubman because she led so many slaves out of slavery. She was also a nurse in the Civil War. Harriet married John Tubman who died in 1867. Harriet was born in Bucktown, Maryland. Harriet Tubman married Nelson Davis in 1869. Nelson Davis died in 1888. Harriet Tubman died of pneumonia at the age of 93 in Auburn, New York. She was a great person!
Your friend,
Stephanie

Dear Governor Pataki,
        Hi, I'm Samantha. I am a second grader. I go to school in Pocantico Hills. You should make Harriet Tubman Day official because she freed about 70 slaves. I saw the play Freedom Train and did a lot of research on her. She was a conductor on the Underground Railroad and made about 13 trips to free all those slaves. She walked and walked many dangerous miles for herself and to help other slaves. She was also a nurse and a spy in the Civil War. When she moved to Auburn, New York, Harriet grew vegetables and raised them to give to the poor people. Please make Harriet Tubman Day official!
Your friend,
Samantha

Dear Senator Oppenheimer,
 
         My name is Christian. I am in the second grade. All the second graders are working hard for a Harriet Tubman Day. She led about 70 slaves to freedom all the way to Canada. She was a great American like you! Please make Harriet Tubman Day on March 10.
Your friend,
Christian

Dear Senator Spano,
        I am Frank and I am in second grade. I am writing this letter because I want to have a new law about Harriet Ross Tubman. I want to have a holiday where kids still go to school but honor her. They should honor her because she gave "FREEDOM" to so many slaves and was a conductor on the Underground Railroad. For many years no one forgot her as a heroine. Now we need to remember her again. I hope you make an official Harriet Ross Tubman Day.
Your friend,
Frank

Dear Senator Oppenheimer,
        Hi, my name is Anita. I'm a second grader, I'm eight years old and I think there should be a Harriet Tubman Day because she helped over three hundred black people get to freedom. I think all New Yorkers would like it if there were a Harriet Tubman Day. I have many black friends and they would love it too. She believed in peace and freedom. Here are some reasons why there should be a Harriet Tubman Day. When she was a young adult, she was a conductor on the Underground Railroad. When she was a slave, she worked like a strong man. She was a nurse and spy for the North in the Civil War. When the Civil War was over, she lived in Auburn, New York and raised vegetables to feed people who were poor and sick. When she died nobody forgot her. That's why she should be honored with her own holiday.
Your friend,
Anita

Dear Assemblyman Brodsky,
        I'm in second grade and I'm 7 years old. My name is Omari. Please think about it one more time when you are considering a Harriet Tubman Day. We are dying to have a Harriet Tubman Day because we should not forget her. She led about 70 slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. She was a nurse and a spy in the Civil War from 1862-1864. In 1908 she went to Auburn, New York to live and help the poor. She worked hard to make people free.
Your friend,
Omari

Dear Senator Spano,
        My name is Anthony. I'm in second grade and I'm studying about Harriet Tubman. I think that Harriet Tubman Day would be a holiday that is right for such a great American! She led over three hundred slaves out of slavery. I think Harriet Tubman Day should be a permanent holiday.
Your friend,
Anthony

Dear Governor Pataki,
        Hello, my name is Carolyn and I've been studying about Harriet Tubman for two years and I hope I will keep studying her for a long time. She was a wonderful woman and she risked her life to save other slaves and was awful proud of it. She was the first woman conductor on the Underground Railroad. I really, really do want there to be a holiday to celebrate her life. Although, I think of it more as a birthday, it really was her date of death. So let's get to the point. My whole class thinks she is a wonderful woman. We all want to celebrate Harriet Tubman Day. So please let there be a day to honor this wonderful, great person and role model to my whole class and I bet a lot more people.
Your friend,
Carolyn

Dear Assemblyman Brodsky,
My name is Tomislav. I am in second grade at Pocantico Hills School. We are learning about Harriet Tubman. Do you think there should be a Harriet Tubman Day in her honor? I think there should be a Harriet Tubman Day. She helped slaves get to freedom on the Underground Railroad. She was a spy for the Union Army in the Civil War. Later she helped the poor people at the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn, New York. She was a good anti-slave American and New Yorker.
Your friend,
Tomislav

Dear Governor Pataki,
I am Danny from Pocantico Hills School. I think there should be a Harriet Tubman Day because she was a really important woman. My class, 2T, has been studying about her for a long time. I want you to make an official Harriet Tubman Day. She was an important person because she led about 70 slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. She made about 13 trips back to the south to bring those slaves to freedom. She was a nurse and a spy for this country. And that's why she should have her own holiday in her honor.
Your friend,
Danny Co.

Dear Assemblyman Brodsky,
        Can you please make Harriet Tubman Day an official holiday? I've been studying Harriet Tubman for a long time now. To me she was very important. She led people to freedom early. She did three different important things in her life. She helped people out of slavery, she spied for the northern army and she helped with women's rights. We saw the play Freedom Train. So please make it official. You can have lots of time to think about it.
Your friend,
Daniel Ca.

Dear Senator Spano,
        My name is Sandro and I am a second grader. I am going to tell you why I think there should be a Harriet Tubman Day. I think there should be a Harriet Tubman Day because she helped about 70 slaves get to freedom in the North. She also was a spy for the northern army during the Civil War from 1862-1864. Even after slavery ended, she helped poor people and she even took them into her house in Auburn, New York. Harriet Tubman died in 1913 but no one should forget her wonderful life. That's why I think there should be a Harriet Tubman Day. I hope you will help to make it an official day.
Your friend,
Sandro

Dear Assemblyman Brodsky,
        My name is Jasper and I am in second grade. I think there should be a Harriet Tubman Day because she made nineteen trips back south and led about 70 slaves to freedom and never lost a passenger. She was a conductor on the Underground Railroad. She was a spy and a nurse in the Civil war. She moved to Auburn, New York. She let poor people into her house and fed them. When she was 93 she died of pneumonia. So I think there should be a Harriet Tubman Day.
Your friend, 
Jasper

Dear Senator Oppenheimer, 
        I am a second grade student at Pocantico Hills School. I am 8 years old and very fond of Harriet Tubman. My class has not only been studying her but seeing movies and a play about her, too! I  LOVE the idea of March 10th being Harriet Tubman Day, and I'll tell  you why. She did so many interesting and incredible things like going back south about 13 times after she herself had gotten to the North, lead about 70 slaves to freedom, never even losing 1! Did you know she was a conductor on the Underground Railroad? When I heard that fact I thought it was pretty neat. Did you know she also was a nurse in the Civil War? My opinion is... 
Make a Harriet Tubman Day!
Your friend, 
Kaitlin

 

written March 28, 2000

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