Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Harriet Tubman escaped the bonds of slavery as a young woman in the early 1800s. She returned to the South many times as a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad to lead other African Americans to freedom. During the Civil War, Tubman served as a spy, nurse, and cook for Union Forces. In 1863, she helped free more than 700 African Americans during a raid in South Carolina - a feat that earned her the nickname "General Tubman." England's Queen Victoria gave Tubman this shawl around 1897.
From Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963.
A white, square-shaped shawl made of silk lace and linen, given to Harriet Tubman by Queen Victoria around 1897.