The Lioness in Winter

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Harriet Tubman (1820 – March 10, 1913). The photograph seen below was taken two years before her death. Even in the repose of an elder approaching the end of a long life of struggle and reward, her indomitable warrior’s spirit still beams forth to animate and energize this simple portrait.

Frederick Douglass once said of her: “Excepting John Brown — of sacred memory — I know of no one who has willingly encountered more perils and hardships to serve our enslaved people than [Harriet Tubman].”

The freedom fighter John Brown, who sought her counsel in planning his raid on Harper’s Ferry, said she was “one of the bravest persons on this continent.”

For information on how her life and legacy is being celebrated in this centennial year of her transition to the village of the ancestors, check out this Harriet Tubman website.

Harriet Tubman, 1911

Harriet Tubman, 1911

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3 thoughts on “The Lioness in Winter

  1. I am struck not just by her marvellous aspect, but by her left hand. Her right rests in her lap, the left emanates strength and determination round the arm of the chair.

      • It’s a formidable gaze. My children are off school today, we can have a Harriet Tubman lesson instead. I read that she pulled out her own teeth as they pained her and that’s why she didn’t really smile in photos.

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