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

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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.
White, square-shaped shawl made of silk lace and linen.
Topic
African American
Clothing and dress
Slavery
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Created by
Unidentified
Owned by
Harriet Tubman, American, 1822 - 1913
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Charles L. Blockson
Medium
silk lace and linen
Dimensions
H x W: 36 1/2 x 28 1/2 in. (92.7 x 72.4 cm)
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Clothing-Historical
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
ca. 1897
Type
shawls
Object number
2009.50.39