"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Harriet Tubman

This 2011 mural of Harriet Tubman by Charles E.T. Ross (a relative of Harriet Ross Tubman) stands in Harriet Tubman Garden in Cambridge Maryland. It replaces an earlier mural destroyed by vandals in 2009.
"Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross; (c. 1822 – March 10, 1913) was an American abolitionist, humanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved families and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped abolitionist John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harper's Ferry, and in the post-war era was an active participant in the struggle for women's suffrage." -- Wikipedia

This c. 1885 photo by H. Seymour Squyer in the National Portrait Gallery is the model for the mural. (Wikipedia)

"Her tales of adventure are beyond anything in fiction and her ingenuity and generalship are extraordinary. I have known her for some time - the slaves call her Moses." -- from an 1859 letter from Thomas Wentworth Higginson to his mother.

No comments:

Post a Comment