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The Harriet Tubman Pilgrimage (2019)

“If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.”

— Harriet Tubman

On May 31st-June 1st, the A.M.E. Zion Church of Kingston was proud to join other members of the North Eastern Episcopal District at our annual pilgrimage to the Harriet Tubman National Historic Site in Auburn, NY. The Freedom Church represented and travellers were rewarded with inspiring story of our Moses, Harriet Tubman. Speakers included Bishop Dennis V. Proctor, Presiding Prelate and the Rev. Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes III, who travelled from Dallas, Texas to deliver a powerful, and uplifting, message of faith. Musical selections by soloist, Rev. Deanna Daniel, of the Western New York Conference and Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers. The theme was “come through”, which means—regardless of the odds—God has it.

During the ceremony, Mrs. Darlene Kinsey, presented awards to young ladies who were the top fundraisers in their conference! These budding businesswomen raised nearly $20,000 for the Harriet Tubman Home & Historic Site!

Seeing so many amazing people of faith, celebrating this amazing woman was truly a blessing! We are all a legacy of Harriet Tubman who, despite seemingly insurmountable odds, fought for her freedom--and freed countless others.

Despite unimaginable cruelty and loss, Harriet maintained steely determination, and resolve. In the end she was triumphant because Harriet’s amazing life was rooted in an unshakable faith. She didn’t waiver, and because of that, she saved a people.

Thank you to our Bishop, Presiding Elders, speakers, organizers and, ofcourse, Harriet for this amazing pilgrimage!

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