Harriet Tubman and her household after the Civil War

An image of Harriet Tubman (left) with her household, ca. 1887

After the Civil War, Harriet Tubman settled in Auburn, New York, and there she filled her household with needy Blacks – the old, the young and the sick. This picture shows Harriet with her adopted daughter, Gertie Davis, and her husband, Nelson Davies, at her side. Though less famous than her Underground Railroad adventures, Tubman's post-war work to promote civil rights for Blacks and women was equally brave and determined. Her last contribution was the establishment of the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged. That is where she died in 1913 at the age of 92.

William Cheney
Harriet Tubman Portrait Collection, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Library
c. 1877
Digital Image ID: 569255
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