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Most schoolchildren know about Harriet Ross Tubman’s heroic efforts transporting slaves as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. But what about her work training scouts and spies during the Civil War? Or her role as a national spokeswoman for the suffrage movement?
March 10 marks the 100th anniversary of this multi-faceted hero’s death. It also begins a year-long celebration of Tubman, with special events scheduled throughout 2013 in Maryland, where she was born, and New York, where she later lived. Dr. Clara Small, a Tubman scholar and professor of history at Salisbury University, is available to speak with media about Tubman’s life, her legacy and why she remains an important figure in American history today.
Small is the author of several books and chapters on slavery in Maryland, including “Abolitionists, Free Blacks and Runaway Slaves: Surviving Slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore” in A History of African-Americans on Maryland’s and Delaware’s Eastern Shore and, with David Briddell, Men of Color, to Arms! Manumitted Slaves and Free Blacks from the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland Who Served in the Civil War. She is a member of the Maryland Governor’s Commission to Study the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland and the Maryland Commission on African-American History and Culture. In 2011, she earned the prestigious Harriet Ross Tubman Lifetime Achievement Award.
To schedule an interview, call the SU Public Relations Office at 410-543-6030 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.