U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer is trying to convince HBO and its parent company, Time Warner Cable, to make a movie about the life of renowned abolitionist Harriet Tubman in Auburn, where she resided most of her life and is buried.
In a letter to the production companies, Schumer cites economic benefits HBO could be eligible for, including various credits under the state film tax credit program, not to mention the historical significance of filming in Aubur,n where Tubman resided from 1857 until her death in 1913.
“When it comes to Harriet Tubman and her Central New York roots, there is no better place for lights, camera and action than Auburn,” Schumer said. “If HBO is looking to save money by taking advantage of New York’s filming benefits, while remaining true to Harriet Tubman’s home, Auburn is the most obvious choice to film.”
He noted the planned film will commemorate Tubman’s commitment to freedom and equality, principles Tubman advanced in Auburn where she was also active in the women’s rights movement and providing services to aged African-Americans through the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged next to her home, which is now a part of a National Historic Park site, along with her burial place in Fort Hill Cemetery and the Thompson African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church where she attended services.