Two versions of Harriet Tubman by Bettye W. Harwell
The painting is one of 10 women who were successful in desegregating transportation. In the late 1800s new laws were imposed that curtailed any improvement in public transportation after the emancipation of slaves. These laws as a group were called ‘Jim Crow.’
Earlier Harriet Tubman, who was a slave, secured her freedom by the Underground Railroad. She is best known for her bravery and determination. She returned many times to the southern plantations, leading others to security in the northern states and Canada. The apple and the gun represent items she used to keep their courage up and to ward off predators.
She was called ‘Moses‘ for these efforts. During the Civil War, she was a spy for the Union Army. Little known is the work she did as a nurse treating wounded soldiers. Her life was filled with generosity to others.
While the Underground Railroad was not a cohesive physical unit, it played a major part in the history of this country. After it was not used by slaves, the ‘stations’ and contacts were in place to make emigration from the South less ominous.
Drawing of Tubman
This is one of several portraits done for the new library at the Preston Taylor Homes, Nashville, TN. It is still in the artist’s collection.
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