Rare photo of Harriet Tubman might return to her home thanks to the internet

A young, serious Harriet Tubman .

Image: photo courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries

Harriet Tubman, renowned abolitionist and founder of the Underground Railroad, is the issue of very few photos. There was a bounty on her head for many years, so retaining her look a whodunit is a topic of life and death.

Thus, the discovery of a likenes of a young Tubman last-place month was huge for the historical community, and including with regard to, for the Harriet Tubman Home, the website of her home in Auburn, New York, for the last years of her life.

Now, the Harriet Tubman Home has launched awareness-raising campaigns to reunite the photo with the other artifacts from her life and work on the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, articulating “this photo would be the most significant acquisition of our collection, by far.”

Bring Harriet Home is a crowdfunding page established in order to do simply that.

The photo is part of an album of pictures, identified by a civilian, originally owned by “fellow abolitionist Emily Howland” due to go up for auction on March 30. It is expected to retrieve between $20,000 -3 0,000.

Bring Harriet Home is asking for $ 25,000 to shape the Harriet Tubman Home, “an active and competitive bidder on this rescue mission.”

Appropriately, Friday, March 10 is the 104 th anniversary of Tubman’s death so if you were looking to celebrate in some manner, here’s your chance.

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