Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Harriet Tubman's Shawl from Queen Victoria Donated
The beige silk and linen shawl Queen Victoria gave to Harriet Tubman was recently donated by famed collector and expert on the Underground Railroad Charles L. Blockson to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In a Washington Post article Blockson shared that he was willed the the shawl and other Tubman items from Mariline Wilkins, a great grand-niece of Mrs. Tubman. Blockson is quoted in the article, "My ancestors escaped with Harriet Tubman...I was shocked... Then I prayed and put them in a vault. Then I put them under my bed and her spirit was with me." Enjoy!