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Kathryn Harris - Historians Speak

Kathryn Harris began reenacting Harriet Tubman in the late 1990s, and does so in this interview. Harriet talks about her experiences as a ‘conductor’ for the antebellum Underground Railroad. Over a period of roughly ten years, Tubman made nearly a score of trips to the slave states to lead slaves to freedom in the north, risking her own life and freedom each time she went south. Harris has portrayed Tubman countless times, both to adult and children’s groups, and at the conclusion of the interview, she discusses how this experience has enriched her own life

Interview Links

Feature Excerpt

Bounty On Her

Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery & works on the Underground Railroad

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

More from Harriet, and Kathryn reflects on portraying her

Related Materials

See Also

Kathryn Harris's interview about her experiences growing up in Carbondale during the 1950s and '60, available at the 'Family Memories' page.

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Photos

Caption
Harriet Tubman, from a photo taken of her, circa 1880.

Where:
Unknown

When:
Circa 1880

Ownership:
May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

Caption
A student from a Washington, D.C. area middle school asks Harriet Tubman a question at Kathryn Harris’s presentation during the Congressional Black Caucus’s Annual Legislative Conference on September 20, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

Where:
Washington, D.C.

When:
September 20, 2012

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption
Dressed as Harriet Tubman, Harris poses with other speakers and guests at the Annual Legislative Conference, including Diane Miller, Representative Corrine Brown, Roger G. Stanton, and Addie Richburg.

Where:
Washington, D.C.

When:
September, 2012

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption
The flyer which announced the Annual Legislative Conference event in September, 2012, where Kathryn Harris appeared as Harriet Tubman.

Where:
Washington, D.C.

When:
September, 2012

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption
Kathryn Harris dressed as Harriet Tubman, for her oral history interview on January 10, 2013. She was interviewed in the Governor’s Reception Room of the historic Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.

Where:
Springfield, Illinois

When:
January 10, 2013

Ownership:
ALPL photo

Caption
Kathryn Harris, as Harriet Tubman, and interviewer Mark DePue on January 10, 2013 in the Governor’s Reception Room of the historic Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.

Where:
Springfield, Illinois

When:
January 10, 2013

Ownership:
ALPL photo

Caption
Kathryn Harris, dressed as Harriet Tubman, for her oral history interview on January 10, 2013. She was interviewed in the Governor’s Reception Room of the historic Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.

Where:
Springfield, Illinois

When:
January 10, 2013

Ownership:
ALPL photo



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