October 11, 2005 |
Growing up in a predominantly white culture, they didn't talk about it much outside the home. And when they did talk about it, they were not always believed. "People who knew me all my life never knew," said Sidney Taylor, president of the African American Historical and Cultural Society of Bucks County. And now, as plans to honor the contributions of black Americans to the borough of Bristol are moving forward, Louise Davis, secretary-treasurer of the society and Taylor's cousin, worries it may seem self-serving that the sculpture they have chosen to sit on the banks of the Delaware depicts their relative - Harriet Ross Tubman, the famous conductor of the Underground Railroad.
April 22, 2016 |
President Andrew Jackson, slaveholder and killer of Indians and Englishmen, please step to the back. Harriet Tubman, African American abolitionist and leader of the Underground Railroad, come up front. On Wednesday, the federal Treasury Department announced the switch that's coming to the $20 bill, with the nation's seventh president losing his spot - a change that brought reaction from political leaders, schoolchildren, academics, and numismatists in Philadelphia and elsewhere. "I can't think of a better choice for the $20 bill than Harriet Tubman," tweeted Hillary Clinton.
April 29, 2016 |
LATE LAST WEEK, Google's top trending question was depressing. The question was "Who is Harriet Tubman?" It's hard to believe so many people would have no sense of Tubman when Treasury Secretary Jack Lew named her to replace former President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. Sadly, this ignorance was predictable. Almost equally predictable was that Tubman would not replace Alexander Hamilton, as had been originally speculated. The thought originally was to get a prominent woman on our currency, and Hamilton was not a former president and thus targeted.
March 10, 2010 |
For bibliophile and educator Charles Blockson, the mute, simple evidence of abolitionist Harriet Tubman's life - photographs, dinner utensils, hymnal - possess a personal power, a resonance that flows over decades. He has maintained stewardship of these fragile relics for years, holding them, he says, in trust. Now the moment has come to place them before the larger world. Today, Blockson will transfer his collection of 39 Tubman artifacts to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture, expected to open in Washington in 2015, and Rep. Robert A. Brady (D., Pa.)
July 27, 1994 |
The life of Harriet Tubman, perhaps the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, has been the subject of at least five biographies as well as countless essays and papers, and even a popular movie, A Woman Called Moses, starring Cicely Tyson. Jim McGowan, who has spent 10 years researching a biography of Tubman he is working on, said all of these materials had overlooked a pivotal aspect of her life, her motive for leading more than 200 other slaves to freedom during the 1850s and 1860s.
May 20, 1994 |
Playing the role of Harriet Tubman, Diane Leslie (center) arranged students, acting as slaves, from Media-Providence Friends School in a circle. She then gave them instructions yesterday on how to escape their owners during a re-enactment of the Underground Railroad. The event was held at a Concord Township springhouse that was one of the original stops along the historic route.
May 17, 2016 |
She was left in a Washington waiting room while others were invited to watch the secretary of state sign the constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote. History books also excluded Alice Paul. Then, for more than a decade, her body lay in an unmarked grave behind a Friends meetinghouse after she died in Moorestown in 1977. Alice who, you ask? Soon, you will only need to consult your wallet to see her face and an image of the 1913 suffrage parade she organized in Washington to win equality.
April 26, 2016
ISSUE | U.S. CURRENCY Putting a relevant face on history I love that African American abolitionist and Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman will be on the front of the $20 bill, but Andrew Jackson should be removed entirely instead of put on the back ("Harriet Tubman's place of honor," Thursday). It's past time that history's rich diversity replaces the status quo: Anglo-Saxon, male faces. To those who claim that such changes are politically correct, I say the traditional telling of history has always been politically motivated.
April 29, 2016
ISSUE | U.S. CURRENCY Powerful first lady Reflecting on the decision to place Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill ("Putting a relevant face on history," Monday), I thought of another champion of civil rights who is too often ignored: Eleanor Roosevelt. While Tubman is a worthy choice, Roosevelt's courage and tenacity in championing the rights of all citizens deserve the recognition she will get by being placed on the back of some $5 bills. I am old enough to remember the black-and-white newsreel of Philadelphia-born singer Marian Anderson's concert at the Lincoln Memorial, which would not have occurred without the first lady's intervention.
October 31, 1996 |
The extraordinary life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman is brought to the stage in "Harriet's Return," an earnest production now playing at Bushfire Theater. Meeting the challenge of this overly long one-woman show is Charlotte Staten, who does remarkably well, given a script that is more straightforward history lesson than the remarkable drama it could be. Playing Tubman from about the age of 6, through her roles as conductor for the Underground Railroad, leader and spy for the Union Army and civil-rights activist, Staten doles out Tubman's life at a steady pace, breathing life into the legend of history books.