Leecia Eve, one of four Democrats vying to become the next New York state attorney general, is familiar with Auburn and one of the city's historic sites.
Eve recalled during a recent interview with The Citizen that she was an attorney for Harriet Tubman Home, Inc., the entity formed to manage the abolitionist's former residence and the Home for the Aged on South Street.
The property is now part of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, which was formally established in 2017.
Eve was working for then-U.S. Sen. Joe Biden in the late 1990s when she decided to return to upstate New York. An attorney, she was hired by Hodgson Russ, a Buffalo-based law firm. She made history at the firm when she became the first African-American to be elected an equity partner.
While at Hodgson Russ, the Harriet Tubman Home was one of Eve's clients.
"I was so proud to be able to represent Harriet Tubman Home, Inc.," Eve said.
When Eve represented the Harriet Tubman Home, it was before the push to designate the site as a national historical park. The nonprofit reorganized its board of directors, she explained, and it prepared to seek federal recognition and landmark status.