Silk lace and linen shawl given to Harriet Tubman by Queen Victoria

Created by
Unidentified
Owned by
Tubman, Harriet, American, 1822 - 1913
Date
ca. 1897
Medium
silk lace and linen
Dimensions
H x W: 36 1/2 x 28 1/2 in. (92.7 x 72.4 cm)
Caption
Harriet Tubman escaped the bonds of slavery as a young woman in the early 1800s. She returned to the South many times as a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad to lead other African Americans to freedom. During the Civil War, Tubman served as a spy, nurse, and cook for Union Forces. In 1863, she helped free more than 700 African Americans during a raid in South Carolina - a feat that earned her the nickname "General Tubman." England's Queen Victoria gave Tubman this shawl around 1897.
From Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963.
Description
A white, square-shaped shawl made of silk lace and linen, given to Harriet Tubman by Queen Victoria around 1897.
Place used
Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
England, Europe
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Clothing-Historical
Type
shawls
Topic
Activism
Clothing and dress
Emancipation
Freedom
Slavery
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Charles L. Blockson
Object number
2009.50.39
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5e626c62e-bd45-44ed-bb87-bd2f87abf700
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