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Maker: Loren Moss; Organization for Equal Education of the Sexes, Inc.; TABS: Aids for ending Sexism in Schools
Date Made: 1990
Place Made: North America: United States; New York, Brooklyn
Measurements: 43 cm x 28.5 cm; 16 15/16 in x 11 1/4 in
Main Subject: Women; African Americans
Materials: paper (fiber product)
"My train never jumped the track, and I never lost a passenger." Harriet Tubman 1820 to 1913 Leader of Escaping Slaves Civil War Scout and Spy Design: Loren Moss Photo: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL Copyright © 1981, 1990 Organization for Equal Education of the Sexes, Inc. Poster catalog available from OEES, 722 Carroll St., #1D, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Acquisition Number: 1992-102
Harriet Tubman, (c. 1821 1913) was a fugitive slave and abolitionist who became a legendary figure of the underground railroad. Born in Maryland to slave parents, she escaped to freedom (c. 1849) by following the north star. Throughout the 1850s she made repeated journeys into slave territory, leading about 300 other fugitives, including her parents, to freedom. Maintaining martial discipline on flights north, Tubman often forced panicky or exhausted "passengers" ahead by threatening them with a loaded pistol. She was aided by Quakers and other abolitionists, and John Brown sought her counsel for the Harper's Ferry raid in 1859. When the Civil War began she served as an army cook and nurse, and became a spy and guide for Union forays into Maryland and Virginia. After the war she managed a home in Auburn, N.Y., for indigent and elderly Blacks. She was buried with full military honors.
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