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Seventh-grader honored during Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Celebration

Isani Rattray is an Urban-Suburban student in the Wheatland-Chili Central School District. The seventh-grader was recently honored during the Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Celebration in Rochester, NY.

Isani received a Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding participation as a youth change agent in Monroe County. She is seen in the below photo with Harriet Tubman's great great great niece.

She recited three quotes during the tribute, which was part of the closing ceremony put on by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. 

The Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Celebration (HTBC) took place at different venues in Rochester throughout the months of September and October.

The celebration included the unveiling of the “Journey to Freedom” sculpture by the Wesley Wofford Sculpture Studio, which features Harriet Tubman leading a child to freedom. The event organizers say it, “portrays the courage, physical determination, and contributions of Black women throughout history.”

It also involved an immersive Underground Railroad Experience, which included a reenactment where participants went through a journey to freedom.

Event organizers stated on the website that “the project goal is to inspire diverse youth to restore, renew, and reinvest in our history and be advocates for racial equity.”


  photo of Isani smiling with Harriet Tubman's great great great niece

Isani pictured with Harriet Tubman's great great great niece