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.
The Namibian flying snake is an odd gargantuan serpent that is possibly derived from African legends of dragons. It is described as being yellow, brown with light spots, or black. It is reported as being 9-25 feet long and can supposedly camoflauge into it’s surroundings. It has many other strange features such as a bioluminescent crest, horns, a neck that can inflate and deflate easliy possibly by gulping down air, and leathery bat-like wings that it doesn’t glide with but is capable of sustained flight. It has a wingspan of 30 feet. It is said to make a loud and frightening roaring sound. It is also said to smell like tar, and to get into the air, it hurls itself down hills. It is apparently covered in scales.
It is found in the Karas Region, Namibia; in Drakensburg South Africa. This serpent was said to be seen in 1942 by
Michael Esterhuise. He was tending to his flock of sheep when he saw a massive snake hurl itself down a hill. He said he encountered it 2 other times.
The legend of this strange creature possibly derived from the legends of African dragons or the Kongamato. It could also be an exaggeration of a new species of flying snake.
Over two decades ago (Sept 14th, 1994) 62 students from a remote elementary school in Ruwa, Zimbabwe saw something very strange. A silver object descended from the sky and onto their school-yard. Many kids ran away while others “stood transfixed at the strange events unfolding before their eyes.”
All the children (ages 5-12) were asked to draw what they saw, as they were the only witnessess of what happened. Of all the drawings, 22 of them were very clear and very similar to each other. They all depicted a “flying saucer” and a strange humanoid creature. It’s also important to note that many of these kids did not have media access.
Cynthia Hind, a South African MUFON field investigator was called and asked to help out in this case. She interviewed all the kids and asked them all questions.
“The children vary in cultures: there are black, white, coloured and Asian children. One little girl said to me, ‘I swear by every hair on my head and the whole Bible that I am telling the truth.’ I could see the pleasure on her face when I told her that I believed her. The smaller children from 5-7 years were very frightened at the time and ran shouting ‘Help me, help me.’ When the older children asked why they were saying this, the reply was, ‘He is coming to eat us.’ I should think this applied more to the black African children who have legends of _tokoloshies_ eating children.”
This case remains unexplained for the most part. Some skeptics have brushed it off as mass-hysteria while other skeptics believe it to be a school yard prank. All the kids that were interviewed had similar stories and descriptions of what transpired.
In the future, Body modication has lead to some legends to not only come back to life, but to also become militarized. Speed, strength, and skill all encompass this class of Super soldiers, repurposed as Anti-tank, anti-mech infantry.
This is part two of my look into more afrocentric designs. This Time I combined characteristics from Oni/Japanese lore. Wanted to make sure I didnt exaggerate the wrong things, less it become to close to a “caricature”.