The wait is finally over.
Auburn’s Equal Rights Heritage Center welcomed a flood of people on Tuesday as it opened to visitors for the first time.
For Julia Langworth, the center has already made a lasting impression.
“I’m visiting my sister this week, and she told me that [the center] was opening today,” said Langworth. “I didn’t know the history was so rich in the area … I can’t wait to check this place out.”
Mayor Micheal Quill thanked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for supporting the region’s tourism development and said that the welcome center will attract newcomers to the area.
“By strategically placing this center on the same street that William H. Seward and Harriet Tubman called home, the governor has raised our regional profile as a must-see destination that will welcome travelers for years and years to come,” said Quill.
New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke at the event and said that Auburn, “an incredible, historical jewel,” should be proud.
“No other state can claim to be the home of so many movements,” said Hochul. “But we still have work to do.”
Hochul asked gatherers to “continue to fight for the rights that are still not fully achieved in our country today.” She said this past Friday she was in Buffalo, where a plan was unveiled to construct an African American Veterans Memorial.