Rare Photo of Harriet Tubman Surfaces

A rare photo of Harriet Tubman, one of America’s most revered freedom fighters, has just surfaced in Auburn, N.Y., where she made her home after the Civil War.

Auburnpub.com reports that New York City auction house Swann Galleries will auction the new photo of Tubman off on March 30.

The photo shows her seated, wearing a black blouse with an overlapping white collar, and a white patterned skirt. One of Tubman’s biographers, Dr. Kate Clifford Larson, estimated that Tubman was between 43 and 46 years old when the photo was taken.

Dr. Larson, author of the biography, Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero, estimates that Tubman was living in Auburn, N.Y., where she had purchased land in from then-Sen. William H. Seward — land that will soon become part of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park.

Larson says that she has never run across a heretofore unseen photograph of the fierce conductor of the Underground Railroad, but immediately knew the image was authentic.

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Source: Black America Web | Angela Bronner Helm