For decades, there have been few photographic images of Harriet Tubman depicting how the abolitionist and Civil War spy looked in her lifetime.
Now there’s one more.
New York City auction house Swann Galleries has announced that it will auction a newly discovered photo of Tubman March 30.
Kate Clifford Larson, author of the biography “Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero,” estimated that Tubman was between 43 and 46 years old when the photo was taken, placing it shortly after the end of the Civil War. At the time, Tubman was living in Auburn, where she had purchased land in 1859 from then-Sen. William H. Seward — land that will soon become the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park.
Larson said that in her 20 years of researching Tubman, she’s been sent dozens of photos of black women by people claiming to have discovered a new image of the soon-to-be face of the $20. But not one has actually depicted Tubman.
When Melinda Grube was in grade school, a male teacher told her that “women are not in the historical record, because they never did anything important.’’
She vowed then that she “would never allow anybody to say that to me again.” Grube, now armed with a PhD in women’s history, is a historical interpreter at Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, working to make sure girls now hear a different message.
Happy 110th anniversary to Chaco Culture National Historical Park! 🎉 With a rainbow arching above the Pueblo Bonito ruins, this park exists within a unique natural environment. Many treatment techniques are used to preserve these fragile resources while making them available for the public to explore and study.
[📸: Kimberly Barton via Share the Experience photo contest <www.sharetheexperience.org>]