Stunning New Photo of Harriet Tubman Surfaces

harriet_lg-tileJust in time for Black History Month, a rare photograph of celebrated freedom fighter Harriet Tubman has surfaced.

The photo was discovered in Auburn, N.Y., the place she called home after the Civil War ended.

In the photo, Tubman is seated, clad in a black blouse and a flowing white, patterned skirt. Dr. Kate Clifford Larson, one of Tubman’s biographers, and the author of Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero, estimated that Tubman would have been between 43 and 46 years old when the photograph was taken.

Larson also estimated that Tubman was residing  in Auburn, N.Y., at the time the photo was taken, where she purchased land from then-Senator William H. Seward; the same land that is set to become part of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park.


“There’s no doubt in my mind about the provenance of the photo and that it is Tubman,” said Larson. “I had never run across it.”

She added, “What’s remarkable about this photograph is that she’s so proud and dignified and beautiful. She looks so young. This is the vibrant young Tubman just coming off her work during the Civil War. She’s building her life with her family in Auburn.”

The photo was retrieved from an album owned by Tubman’s friend Emily Howland.

New York City auction house Swann Galleries will auction the new photo of Tubman off on March 30, according to News One.

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani


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