Rare Photos of Harriet Tubman in Online Album

After months of careful conservation and meticulous research, a photo album originally belonging to Quaker abolitionist Emily Howland that features rare portraits of a young Harriet Tubman is now online.

The joint purchase between the Library of Congress and the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) features images of Tubman in her 40s — unusual for the famous Underground Railroad abolitionist, who was most often depicted in her old age.

A portrait of Harriet Tubman, taken by Benjamin F. Powelson in 1868 or 1869, when Tubman would have been in her mid-40s

The 48-photo album contains much more information relevant to the abolitionist movement and African-American history, such as photographs of John Willis Menard, the first African American elected to U.S. Congress in 1868, and portraits of abolitionists, suffragists, teachers and statesmen.

The album can be viewed in full at https://go.usa.gov/xnuBn. Thanks

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