Harriet Tubman


The Emily Howland photo album containing the portrait of Tubman, (above: detail, ca. 1868) was unveiled this week at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. (NMAAHC, Library of Congress)

800px-Harriet_Tubman_by_Squyer,_NPG,_c1885I have added the photo above to the post from this morning: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. Harriet Tubman would have been about 36 years old.

The photo at left is the more familiar one from when she was in her sixties, long after the Civil War.

According to Wikipedia: “Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross, c.  January 29, 1822 – March 10, 1913) was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved people, family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped abolitionist John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry. During the American Civil War, she served as an armed scout and spy for the United States Army. In her later years, Tubman was an activist in the struggle for women’s suffrage.” Also known as “Minty” and “Moses” for obvious reasons, Harriet Tubman died at the age of 90 or 91.

She served her country and its people in every possible way, with honor, courage, and dignity.

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