‘Harriet,’ the first film about Tubman, premieres in Toronto
TORONTO (AP) — Hard as it may be to believe, "Harriet" is the first feature film about Harriet Tubman.
Kasi Lemmons' movie about the Underground Railroad leader premiered Tuesday night at...
September is Underground Railroad Month in Maryland
BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is highlighting Maryland's Underground Railroad history.
The governor has named September International Underground Railroad Month to call...
Church with ties to Harriet Tubman catches fire during storm
AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York church with historical ties to Harriet Tubman caught on fire during a storm.
Auburn Assistant Fire Chief Bill DiFabio says smoke and flames were seen...
Treasury’s watchdog to look into Tubman bill delay
The U.S. Treasury's watchdog says it will look into why the redesign of the $20 bill featuring abolitionist Harriet Tubman was delayed.
The Office of the Inspector General said in a letter...
Maryland governor urges Mnuchin not to delay $20 Tubman bill
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to reconsider delaying the redesign of the $20 bill to feature abolitionist leader Harriet...
Mnuchin says Tubman $20 bill design delayed past 2020
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday the redesign of the $20 bill to feature 19th century abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman has been delayed.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who backed a campaign to put a female face on a $20 bill by 2020, said there's no excuse for the eight-year delay announced by the treasury...
Statues of Harriet Tubman, William Seward remade after fire
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Life-sized statues of Harriet Tubman and former Secretary of State William Seward are set to be installed in upstate New York after their initial molds were destroyed in a fire.
The Times Union reports the statues symbolize the little-known friendship between Tubman and Seward, who also served as New York governor.
Maryland board OKs contract for Tubman and Douglass statues
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland board has approved a contract to put bronze statues of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass in the historic Maryland State House.
The Board of Public Works voted 3-0 for the $575,000 contract Wednesday for the statues of the Maryland-born abolitionists. Both Tubman and Douglass were born on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
The board is comprised of Gov. Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.
Restoration of mural damaged by Harvey almost complete
HOUSTON (AP) — A historic Houston mural damaged during Hurricane Harvey is nearly restored to its original condition after floodwaters seeped into the structure, causing paint to pop off and mold to grow.
Church building to be converted into Harriet Tubman museum
CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) — Officials have announced plans to convert a New Jersey church building into a Harriet Tubman museum.
The Press of Atlantic City reports developers signed an agreement with the Macedonia Baptist Church in Cape May Sunday to renovate the church's old parsonage and turn it into a museum honoring the abolitionist.
How black women are organizing to energize voters this fall
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Meeting on the campus of Jackson State University on a recent Friday afternoon, dozens of black women came together to strategize about the upcoming midterm elections, opening the gathering with a freedom song.
"The revolution done signed my name," they moaned, invoking the names of the ancestors whose strength has willed them to persevere: Harriet Tubman. Shirley Chisholm. Aretha Franklin. Two were like them, daughters of Mississippi: Ella Jo Baker. Fannie Lou Hamer.
Amish who left launch nonprofit to ‘reclaim our story’
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Torah Bontrager says she was about 13 when she read about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.
The story of the former slave turned abolitionist electrified her. The oldest child of a strict Amish family in the Midwest, Bontrager recalls being constantly scolded and beaten, leaving her feeling trapped and miserable.
She vowed to make a getaway herself, and someday to find a way to help other Amish left behind.
Nicki Minaj cancels North American tour with Future
ATLANTA (AP) — Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj has canceled her North American tour with rapper Future.
Minaj said on her Twitter account Tuesday night that she didn't have enough time to rehearse for the upcoming "NickiHndrxx" tour in September after the release of her latest album "Queen," released Aug. 10. The rapper says she will contribute more rehearsal time toward the tour's European launch with Future in February.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is aiming for a young demographic.
The New York Democrat is working on her first picture book, "Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote." Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers announced Friday that the book will come out in November and will be illustrated by Maira Kalman.
"Bold & Brave" will celebrate suffragettes and political activists such as Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman and Ida B. Wells.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Anita Hill has referenced the #MeToo movement in her speech to Rutgers University-Camden law school graduates, saying "we can never as a society ignore it and pretend it doesn't exist."
The Brandeis University law professor urged the graduates to work for social justice in her address Thursday.
Hill brought the concept of sexual harassment to national consciousness in 1991 when she testified during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A new museum in Niagara Falls tells the story of the region's role in the Underground Railroad.
The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center opened Friday.
It includes a recreation of an 1848 suspension bridge used by Harriet Tubman to lead slaves across the Niagara River to freedom in Canada.
Kanye leads at misleading, but he’s not alone among celebs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Looking to back up his deeply dubious declaration this week that slavery was a "choice," Kanye West tweeted a Harriet Tubman quote that was flat-out false.
"I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves," Tubman didn't say , though West said she did.
Historical Figures Come to Life at Hellenic American Academy in Lowell
LOWELL -- Fourth-graders and fifth-graders from the Hellenic American Academy delivered a "Morning at the Museum," posing as famous wax figures of some of history's greatest contributors.
Saint Vincent College’s McCarl Coverlet Gallery hosts ‘A Visit with Harriet Tubman’
What do you remember about Harriet Tubman from your American history lessons? Probably that, after escaping slavery herself, she led missions to bring others to freedom via the Underground Railway.
Guests at the March 16 History Dinner Theater at Saint Vincent College in Unity learned that this was just part of Tubman's astonishing legacy.
Three new children’s books have arrived in time for Women’s History Month with parallel promises: to diversity bookshelves at home and in the classroom with stories of courage, overcoming adversity and dreaming big, even when others say it’s impossible.
All three are written for beginning readers or to be read aloud to them, but each review is followed by a recommended book for more advanced readers.
“I Am Harriet Tubman” by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos (Dial Books, $14.99)
Baltimore renames former Confederate site for Harriet Tubman
The section of a Baltimore park that once hosted a Confederate monument was rededicated on Saturday in honor of famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
A tree-filled area of Wyman Park Dell, near Johns Hopkins University, was renamed the Harriet Tubman Grove as part of a ceremony marking the 105th year since her death. Residents gathered in the park on Saturday to celebrate her life and the renaming of the grove.
Rare photo of Harriet Tubman now online
It was almost a year ago when the Associated Press reported that an album containing a rare photograph of 19th century abolitionist and Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman was sold at a New York City auction for $161,000 — far exceeding presale estimates. The Tubman photo shows her seated on a chair and was taken in Auburn, in central New York, in 1868 or 1869.
Celebrating Harriet Tubman: One-act play coming to Valley
HARLINGEN — Harriet Tubman led hundreds of slaves to freedom using the Underground Railroad.
To celebrate Black History Month, area leaders are bringing Tubman’s story to life for everyone to see in a one-act play.
“She is quite unique because if she had been caught, she would have died,” said Lonnie Davis, a Harlingen resident.
The Corinth Baptist Church has commissioned Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux to perform her captivating role of Harriet Tubman called “The Resurrection of Harriet Tubman.”
Trump praises African-American military service during Black History Month event
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump marked Black History Month Tuesday with a reception at the White House honoring the contributions of blacks in military service.
Celebrate Black History Month With Word And Song Of African-American Figures
Some of history’s most noteworthy African-American voices will come alive this weekend.
Bright Star Touring Theatre performs its original show “Let Freedom Ring: Music and Poetry of Black History” Saturday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
‘Let Freedom Ring’ Celebrates Black History Month
Some of history’s most noteworthy African-American voices will come alive this weekend.
Bright Star Touring Theatre performs its original show “Let Freedom Ring: Music and Poetry of Black History” Saturday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
A century and a half ago, a new Canadian church gave fleeing slaves a place to worship. Now the sanctuary that welcomed Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman and other escapees needs help itself.
The dwindling membership of Salem Chapel, a British Methodist Episcopal church just north of Niagara Falls, has started a crowdsourcing campaign in hopes of raising $100,000 — the equivalent of $77,486 in U.S. currency.
Harriet Tubman monument to recognize her S Carolina raid
BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Abolitionist Harriet Tubman is being memorialized in the South Carolina city where she served the Union and launched a daring military raid in 1863 that freed more than 700 slaves.
A model of a Tubman monument will be unveiled Tuesday at historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in Beaufort, where it's believed the escaped slaves gathered after the raid up the Combahee River. Historians say she was the only woman in the Civil War to help plan and lead a military operation.
Model of Harriet Tubman monument to be unveiled in Beaufort
A model of a monument to abolitionist Harriet Tubman will be unveiled at noon Tuesday in Beaufort.
The model will be at Tabernacle Baptist Church at 911 Craven St., where the monument is planned.
Tubman tribute a step forward; abandoning plan a grave mistake
“I have been particularly struck by the many comments and reactions from children for whom Harriet Tubman is not just a historical figure, but a role model for leadership and participation in our democracy. You shared your thoughts about her life and her works and how they changed our nation and represented our most cherished values. Her incredible story of courage and commitment to equality embodies the ideals of democracy that our nation celebrates, and we will continue to value her legacy by honoring her on our currency.”
Ostrom: Dictators -- and leftists -- try to erase history
Dictatorships erase history. The Left today is trying to control the historical narrative and delete issues they want expunged from the record.
Some of the Civil War monument destruction now underway is understandable, because African Americans and others are offended by artifacts associated with slavery. Some could be moved to museums and battlefields, or balanced with monuments to black leaders such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.
Mnuchin won’t say if he wants Tubman on $20 bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is raising speculation that Harriet Tubman's future on the $20 bill could be in jeopardy.
In a CNBC interview, Mnuchin on Thursday avoided a direct answer when asked whether he supported the decision made by the Obama administration to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Tubman, the 19th century African-American abolitionist who was a leader in the Underground Railroad.
Family, friends, colleagues honor life of Ahmeenah Young
The family and friends of Ahmeenah Young have been mourning the loss of the pioneering former CEO and president of the Pennsylvania Convention Center since she died earlier this month.
That mourning was displaced on Thursday evening at the Convention Center, a place that rose under her leadership and direction, by a buoyant celebration of her life well lived.
New life on freedom fighter Harriet Tubman’s Maryland trail
PRESTON, Md. (AP) — Beside a quiet stream on Maryland's Eastern Shore, a 19th century brick house that once served as a way station on the Underground Railroad can bring present-day visitors to tears as they gaze at the path where escaped slaves made their way to freedom.
By studying the lives of famous people from the past, fourth graders at Mead Hall Episcopal School learned not only history but also life skills that could help them in the future.
Recast Confederate heroes as abolitionists -- John Morgan
Down South, people are debating what to do with all those statues of misguided Civil War leaders. Should they be removed? To where? Should they be replaced? With what?
Well, I have a very sensible suggestion to make. Why not melt each statue down and recast it into a statue of an abolition leader? Thus they could all be reborn, which is what they like to do down South, anyway.
New mural taking shape at landmark DC restaurant
WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack and Michelle Obama, Muhammad Ali, Harriet Tubman and Prince are some of the people being featured in a new mural at a landmark restaurant in Washington.
Artist Aniekan Udofia began the mural Thursday evening at Ben's Chili Bowl. The mural, named "The Torch," pays tribute to local and national African American culture.
The restaurant announced earlier this year that it was "time to refresh and repaint" an earlier mural that dated to 2012. Udofia also created that mural.
AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — Officials at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture say a rare photograph of Harriet Tubman it recently bought at an auction could be displayed at her former upstate New York home.
A curator at the Washington, D.C., museum tells The Citizen of Auburn (http://bit.ly/2pFO6wh ) that the album containing the 1860s photo of the abolitionist and Underground Railroad hero will be digitized for public access.
The Philadelphia Tribune’s Annual Women Achieving Luncheon
The Philadelphia Tribune’s “Women Achieving Luncheon” was held Thursday at the venerable Union League in Center City. About 200 guests gathered, including Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, at the annual event which upholds African-American women and the achievements they have made in corporate America.
End of the line for LA Metro’s giant tunneling machine
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's the end of the line for Harriet, the LA Metro's tunnel boring machine.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority held a ceremony to retire the behemoth Friday at the site of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.
Harriet completed the second of twin tunnels under Crenshaw Boulevard for the region's latest light rail line on April 6.
Harriet Tubman goes solo on ‘Underground’ special episode
NEW YORK (AP) — Harriet Tubman, who escaped from slavery in the antebellum South to become a leading abolitionist, is best known today as a righteous figure and the future face on the $20 bill.
But for viewers of "Underground" this season, Tubman has come to life as a character on this drama about the treacherous journey to freedom along a secret network of safe houses that came to be called the Underground Railroad.
The Indiana Historical Society Press recently announced the release of "Giant Steps: Suffragettes and Soldiers," by Mary Blair Immel. The book tells the fictional but historically inspired tale of a 13-year-old girl from Indiana who is introduced to the fight for women's suffrage. The novel opens in 1916, as Bernie Epperson is wrestling with double standards placed on her compared with her brothers. Soon, Bernie's cousin and aunt awaken her to all the unfair restrictions women face, and Bernie...
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Items pertaining to abolitionist Frederick Douglass have sold for more $150,000 at a recent auction in New York City.
The Douglass items were among the slavery and abolition-era documents and manuscripts sold Thursday at Swann Galleries in Manhattan. The top seller was an album containing a previously unknown photograph of abolitionist and Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman that sold for $161,000, including auctioneer fees.
WASHINGTON (AP) — An album containing a rare photograph of abolitionist and Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman has been acquired by the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian's new African-American history museum.
The album was sold at auction Thursday in New York for $161,000. The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the national library announced their joint purchase on Friday.
Ruling keeps Garner death records out of public eye
NEW YORK — A state appeals court has ruled that civilian complaints made to a police watchdog agency about the white officer involved in the chokehold death of unarmed Black man Eric Garner should not be made public.
Album With Harriet Tubman Photo Sells For $161K
NEW YORK (AP) — An album containing a rare photograph of 19th century abolitionist and Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman was sold Thursday at a New York City auction for $161,000 — far exceeding presale estimates.
Swann Galleries said the circa late 1860s image and other items in the album sold for a hammer price of $130,000, plus a $31,000 auctioneer fee. The album had an estimated sale price of $20,000 to $30,000.