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Reverently called “Moses” by the hundreds of enslaved Africans she helped and the thousands of others she inspired, Harriet Tubman (c 1820-1913) became the most famous “conductor” of the Underground Railroad to aid enslaved Africans escaping to free states or Canada. During a ten-year span, she made 19 trips into the South and escorted over 300 of her charges to freedom. And, as she once proudly pointed out to Frederick Douglass, she “never lost a single passenger.” During the Civil War, Tubman served as a nurse, scout, and spy for the Union army. She also took part in a military campaign that resulted in the rescue of 756 enslaved Africans and destroyed thousands of dollars worth of enemy property. Harriet Tubman’s life was a monument to courage and determination that continues to stand out in American history. The Harriet Tubman Living History Experience highlights and heightens public awareness of the Underground Railroad, Civil War, and the life of one of the 19th century’s most celebrated figures: Harriet Tubman.
This program is suited for ages 9 to adult.
Millicent Sparks is an accomplished actor/writer/producer who has performed on local, regional and international stages, film and television. She was nominated twice for the Barrymore Award in Philadelphia for outstanding lead actor for her performances in Fires In The Mirror with Venture Theatre, and Sty of the Blind Pig with Freedom Theatre, and received the Best Actress award for her portrayal of Angel Allen in Blues For An Alabama Sky with St. Louis Black Repertory Company. She portrayed Billie Holiday in Lady Day at the Piccadilly Theatre in London, and in her own one woman show, Lady Behind The Gardenia at Freedom Theatre. She can also be seen in the film, Beloved. Ms. Sparks regularly portrays Harriet Tubman for school groups, community organizations, churches and special events.
The Harriet Tubman program is presented at Wyck in honor of Wyck’s own Jane Bowne Haines (1790-1843), who joined organizations promoting education for the poor, prison reform, and the abolition of slavery. The entire Women’s History Series at Wyck is inspired by the wondrous women of Wyck’s past, to continue their legacy of innovation, education and equality.
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