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So many former slaves owed their lives and their freedom to their escape from their horrific slaveowners—and so many of those same individuals risked their lives to not only perform their own escape, but also help other slaves make their way north and into life as a free man or woman. Harriet Tubman is herself responsible for creating the pathways that led former slaves to their futures and their new lives. As the creator of the Underground Railroad, she took group after group of slaves to freedom, taking her role even further and helping freed slaves adjust to their new reality with work. Harriet Tubman never stopped fighting for social justice, whether it was as part of the abolitionist movement, women’s suffrage movement, or fighting with the Union in the Civil War.
Born Araminta Ross around 1822, Harriet Tubman began her life in slavery in Maryland. Her different masters were violent and vicious, causing Tubman a traumatic head wound in one instance when she was hit by a heavy metal weight. In 1849, she escaped her masters and ended up in Philadelphia—but she then immediately chose to dedicate her life to helping other slaves. In total, Tubman conducted 13 missions that rescued nearly 100 slaves through a network of antislavery activists and dedicated safe houses that made up the Underground Railroad. Tubman and her soon-to-be-freed travel companions escaped under the cover of night, heading north and only stopping at safe locations along the way. Over those 13 trips, Harriet Tubman never lost a “passenger,” getting every slave to safety and freedom.
Soon, the Civil War broke out and the Underground Railroad was halted. Harriet instead turned her activist efforts towards helping the Union Army as a cook and nurse, and also helped abolitionist John Brown secure recruits for his raid on Harpers Ferry. She eventually became a true member of the military when she was promoted to the role of armed scout and spy. In this role, Harriet Tubman was the very first woman to lead an armed expedition in the Civil War. She served as the guide for a raid on Combahee Ferry, which resulted in the liberation of over 700 slaves. When the war ended in 1865, Harriet Tubman didn’t slow down. Though she technically retired, Tubman remained an active voice of the women’s suffrage movement until she became ill in the early 1900s. Today, Harriet Tubman is a truly unforgettable figure of American history—and she’ll soon be honored by replacing Andrew Jackson as the face of our $20 bill.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes Black History collection of quality costume clothing based on renowned figures celebrated in the annals of Black History, this Harriet Tubman costume is authentic to the 1800s and the attire worn by the former slave and Underground Railroad pioneer. You’ll look just like the woman who guided hundreds to freedom herself when you don this historically accurate costume set. Included is a long black Victorian period dress with a zipper back and a white lace-trimmed jabot.
This high-quality Harriet Tubman costume can be used for a period ball, a historical reenactment, masquerade, or simply experiencing a day in the life of one of the most important figures of Black History during the 19th century and the Civil War. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this Harriet Tubman Black History costume is built to last.
Self: 100% Polyester
Accessories: 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
* Most items made from polyester/cotton blend treat as polyester.
* Most items are made from polyester can be machine washed and dried.
* Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle.
* Machine dry at low temperature setting and remove articles as soon as the tumbling cycle is complete.
* If ironing is needed, use a moderately warm iron.
* Most items made from polyester can be dry-cleaned.
To remove stains:
* Soak and then wash with soap and warm water using a mild liquid detergent.
* Remove tough stains by spraying with a mild stain remover. It will have a better chance of removing stains other than food and dirt.
* Tumble dry on low heat.