In honor of African-American History Month, I decided to open and set up my Harriet Tubman Child Light Play Set.
I won the play set as part of a silent auction group of items from Dorchester County at a Maryland Library Association Conference years ago.
Harriet Tubman was born, a slave, in Dorchester County, Maryland, around March, 1822.
In 1849, she escaped to Philadelphia, PA. Soon after, she returned to Maryland to help others escape slavery. She continued to lead slaves to freedom and then served the Union Army during the Civil War, and in the process aided in freeing more slaves.
Below, you can see everything that came in the play set.
A slave quarters - based on an actual slave quarters on the Hermitage Plantation in Chatham County, Georgia. It is made out of cardboard and should probably be left put together, so that the connecting tabs do not rip or bend.
A figure of a woman carrying a child. In the above photo, she is at the slave quarters, still in slavery. Below, she is being spirited away to freedom by Harriet Tubman in a donkey drawn cart.
A roadside shelter and fire-pit is included, as is a dog.
Here, our fugitives are taking a much needed rest break, before continuing on the road to freedom.
The final items the set contains are a Freedom Quilt, and a small book, The Story of Harriet Tubman: Conductor of the Underground Railroad.
Harriet Tubman, born a slave, liberator of slaves, spy and soldier of the Union Army, suffragist, and philanthropist, died in 1913, when she was 93 years old.