NewsRare 1892 Portrait Found Of Harriet Tubman At Age 70

Rare 1892 Portrait Found Of Harriet Tubman At Age 70

The article found alongside the Harriet Tubman portrait was written using a racist style known as “plantation dialect.”

Harriet Tubman Tours owner Alex Green told The Citizen that the rare portrait is from an 1892 edition of The Household Magazine. It depicts Tubman in a decorative dark dress with a pinned-up hairstyle. The accompanying caption identifies her as “Harriet, the Modern Moses, now living in Auburn, N.Y.“

An article alongside the photo, which Green noted was written using a racist style called “plantation dialect,” features an extended Tubman quote about a traumatic incident as an enslaved teen in Dorchester County where she was struck in the head by a two-pound weight hurled at another enslaved person. The incident left her with a fractured skull, which caused lasting epilepsy and visions that Tubman believed opened deeper spiritual insights.

“One night I went to de store with de cook to git some things for de house,” the article reads. “I was ‘shamed to go in, so I stayed outside. Pretty soon, I heard loud talkin’ in de store an’ saw de oberseerer raisin’ up his arm to trow a two-pound iron weight at one ob de slaves.”

Green’s wife, Lisa, posted the rare portrait on social media, which grasped the attention of Tubman biographer Kate Clifford Larson, who also shared the discovery on Facebook. “Such style!” Larson raved of the “beautiful” depiction. She thanked the couple for unearthing another glimpse into Tubman’s life, expressing hopes the original print will surface, too.

“I hope the photos generate more interest in Tubman, her life, and her work to achieve freedom for all,” Green said. The newest magazine portrait offers another chance to inspire learners about her tireless crusade for liberty.

Source: Black Enterprise

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