Handkerchief owned by Harriet Tubman
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- Created by
- Owned by
- Harriet Tubman, American, 1822 - 1913
- 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 Carlina - A feat that earned her the nickname "General Tubman." Tubman's collar and handkerchief are decorated with finely worked lace prized by 19th-century Americans.
- A square handkerchief made of machine-woven off-white linen or cotton with three borders of machine-made lacework. The innermost and outermost lacework motifs are bobbin lace designs of a chain with one thick and one thin link on a mesh ground. Between these two chain motifs is an embroidered stylized leafy vine between cutwork in a star pattern. The borders are seamed in each corner of the handkerchief, with pleats in the outermost layer at the corners. Stains on the creases are likely from storage, but several appear to be accidental stains from use.
- Credit Line
- Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Charles L. Blockson
- 1870s - early 20th century
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- Restrictions & Rights
- Public domain
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- H x W: 11 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (28.6 x 28.6 cm)
- Place used
- Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, United States, North and Central America
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- National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
- Slavery and Freedom Objects
- Slavery and Freedom
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- NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- African American
- Clothing and dress
- Social reform
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