This Rare Photo Of Harriet Tubman To Be Displayed At African American History Museum After Being Lost For Nearly A Century
What other photographs have gotten lost in translation?
March 07, 2018 at 2:38 pm
This portrait of Harriet Tubman was lost for close to a century https://t.co/YqigboKIZQ— TIME (@TIME) March 7, 2018
“Other iconic portraits present her as either stern or frail,” Lonnie G. Bunch III, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, said in a statement. “This new photograph shows her relaxed and very stylish.”
So why are we just now seeing the photo?
According to TIME, the portrait of Tubman was part of an album of 48 rare photographs previously owned by Emily Howland, a Quaker schoolteacher and abolitionist who lived 20 minutes south from Tubman in Sherwood, N.Y. The Library of Congress and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture acquired the photos at an auction in 2017.
To see Tubman seated in a parlor chair sporting a lace collar and elegant bodice seems very fitting to her role as the conductor and leader of the Underground Railroad. This picture was found after a century; imagine what other photographs are waiting to be discovered.