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.