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
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