Harriet Tubman National Historical Park with Olivia

For my art project, I decided to make a sticker for the Harriet Tubman National Historic Park. The purpose of this park is to tell Harriet’s story and all she did for slaves and her community.

I chose this park because I feel that right now it is important to discuss black voices in history. Harriet Tubman was an incredible abolitionist; in 1849, Tubman tried to escape from a family once she learned her brothers were being sold, however her brothers turned back and she went on alone to Pennsylvania. Although it was dangerous, she decided to move back to Maryland and help other slaves be freed. In just a decade, Harriet led about 70 people and helped almost 60 with instructions how to get out of their situations. 

While Harriet Tubman was an abolitionist and conductor of the “Underground Railroad”, she was also a spy and nurse for the Union Army in the Civil War. She was the first African-American woman to serve in the military. This is why for my art piece, I had the idea to showcase the things Harriet has done. I have a nurse hat, binoculars, and a fist, which is generally a symbol to show protest. I wrote “Be the first of your kind” because, although Harriet Tubman was not the first abolitionist, she was the first to do so many amazing things. If this were a real sticker, I would love for it to be available at this National Historic Park.

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BY 2020 IN MY BACKYARD INTERN – OLIVIA

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