Tubman Great-Grandniece
On Sunday, September 9, the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library presented a Talk with Harriet Tubman's Great-Grandniece.

Pauline Johnson, a great-grandniece of Harriet Tubman, spoke about the history and life of her famous relative, a notable figure during the time of the Civil War. Johnson has traveled extensively in and out of the country, lecturing at educational institutions, churches, libraries, and other organizations. She continues to serve as a tour guide upon request at the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn, New York. She served on the Advisory Board of the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meeting House in Farmington, NY, where Tubman held some of her meetings when planning her trips to the south. Johnson is a member of the NAACP, the Harriet Tubman Boosters Club, and the Thompson Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Auburn.

Following Pauline Johnson's talk, a brief video documentary entitled "Nana Tubman Honor in Ghana Journey" by Marilyn Herod was shown. The video was introduced by Linda Cousins-Newton, an educator/playwright, ancestral storyteller, and founder of the Nana Tubman Honor in Ghana Project. Then there was a reception held in the Henry Guest House.

The event was co-sponsored by 'Tales and Miles to Go' and the Friends of the New Brunswick Library, and additional funding was provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, through a grant provided by New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. It was presented in conjunction with the Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War Exhibit, at the library from August 15 until September 28: Please see our Exhibit Page for more details: nbfpl.org/lincolnexhibit.html.
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